What does the DeLorean Evolved Coupe really promise?
- DeLorean Motor Company appears to be planning a battery-electric coupe under the DeLorean brand, with a reveal expected later this year.
- The Texas-based company, which acquired the rights to the automaker’s name, currently sells parts for the original model.
- Italdesign is involved in the new sports car project, with Giorgetto Giugiaro having designed the original DMC-12 coupé.
If you’ve been waiting this long for a cyberpunk EV and don’t necessarily want it to look like a truck, there might be another option not too far in the future.
The DeLorean Motor Company, or rather its successor in intellectual property rights, has shared a short teaser video featuring an EV with gullwing doors, set to a Chris Nolan-style trailer soundtrack with ominous horns.
The vehicle is expected to arrive in 2022, possibly as the DeLorean EVolved, as the company’s tweet suggests.
Curiously, the previewed vehicle doesn’t really suggest a design made up of mostly flat geometric shapes, especially when it comes to the roof profile. If you look closely, the teased design appears to feature a pronounced curvature of the A-pillars and hood.
It does, however, feature gullwing doors, which at this point appear to be the only item carried over from the original, with the badging up front. To us, the rendering in the teaser video looks much more like a front angle of the Bricklin SV-1 than the original DMC-12.
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The only thing clear at the moment is that this is an electric sports car with gullwing doors.
But a direct remake of the original DMC-12 may not be in the works at all, although individual EV conversions of the vintage model are certainly available at the right price. Whether there’s a significant market for a completely redesigned DMC-12 is a separate question, which the company hasn’t even generally addressed on its website.
Of course, this is far from the first attempt to revive a vehicle under the DeLorean name. You might recall that the Texas-based company started opening pre-orders for a future model in 2016, with the intention of a more or less direct design replica of the original.
Adding intrigue, design consultancy Italdesign shared an identical teaser video this week, suggesting it’s involved with the current project which could see a new vehicle model with a nod to the original. , but not a replica.
Italdesign’s involvement is remarkable: the original car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Additionally, the company worked with Williams Advanced Engineering on an EV platform.
What is the demand for a fairly direct copy of the original, or something different but with gullwing doors, is an open question. A number of small companies currently offer EV conversions for classic cars, so getting an original DeLorean with an EV powertrain is just a matter of money, even today.
But whether there’s a market for something with a DeLorean name but a more modern design, and a sales and service operation behind it, may be answered in due course. If the Isetta can come back as an electric vehicle, then maybe the DeLorean can too.
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