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DeLorean Alpha5 Is a 4-Seat Gullwing EV for the Future

Chris Paukert Former executive editor / Cars
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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DeLorean Alpha5 front three quarter view with gullwing doors open
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DeLorean Alpha5 front three quarter view with gullwing doors open

This gullwing four-seat EV is about the same size as a Tesla Model S.

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What's happening

This is our first look at a reborn DeLorean gullwing, and this time, it's an EV.

Why it matters

DeLorean isn't just a legendary name, it's seemingly a great fit for an all-electric revival.

What's next

The Alpha5 will debut during August's Monterey Car Week, but it's going to take a lot longer to know if the company behind it is the real deal.

The DeLorean Motor Company may have never left our collective consciousness, but as an automaker, it's been gone a very long time -- since 1982. And now, the brand just might be on the way back with gullwing doors aloft and an all-electric powertrain beneath its shapely skin.

The new car seen here almost certainly won't be built in Northern Ireland like the Marty-McFly-spec original. Instead, this ambitious new project is the brainchild of a company based in Humble, Texas, best known for building and selling refurbished vintage DeLorean DMC-12 sports cars. Having acquired the remainder of the original company's parts inventory and later the brand's name, trademarks and logos, this Houston-adjacent company has been promising to build electrified DeLoreans since at least 2011, and this Alpha5 looks to be the result.

Unlike the original two-seat DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, this is a four-seat model with double-length gullwing doors. The slippery look is the handiwork of Italdesign, a famous Italian firm known for leading the 1970s wedge-design movement with cars like the BMW M1, Maserati Bora, Volkswagen Scirocco and, perhaps not surprisingly, the DMC-12. Interestingly enough, the original DeLorean Motor Company had plans to expand into larger, four-to-five-seat automobiles. Project 831/1 or the DMC200, as it was known, was developed for several years, but no model ultimately ever came to market.

DeLorean Alpha5 Gullwing EV Is a Not-So-Retro Revival

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The reborn DeLorean's new Alpha5 looks to be substantially larger than its legendary sports-car antecedent. Drawings on the company's website suggest the car is nearly 197 inches long -- just shy of a Tesla Model S. Performance-wise, for now, all DMC is saying is that the new Alpha5 will hit 60 mph in 2.99 seconds or 88 mph in 4.35 seconds -- a delightfully silly acknowledgement of the DeLorean brand's inexorable tie to the Back to the Future movie franchise. The company is targeting a driving range of 300-plus miles out of a battery pack that's at least 100-kWh in capacity, and top speed is pegged at 155 mph.

The new model is pledged to receive its public unveiling during California's posh Monterey Car Week, appearing on the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Award ramp on Aug. 18 and on the Concept Lawn beginning Aug. 21. For now, the company says it "will advise all newsletter-registered subscribers in late summer 2022 on how to join this journey to ownership," but it isn't sharing pricing targets.

It's also not immediately clear when the DMC Alpha5 is expected to become available, where it will be built or who is funding this project. Hopefully the company will offer more specifics when the car is revealed.

DeLorean Alpha5
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DeLorean Alpha5

Yep, there are four seats inside. Curiously, we don't see a Flux Capacitor.

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