Electric DeLorean Teased by DMC; Slated to Premiere in 2022
The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) Twitter account teased the return of their iconic DeLorean sports car, now returning as an all-electric vehicle.
The tweet was made on February 13th and, while an exact date was not specified, it claimed a full premiere was slated for sometime in 2022. It was accompanied by a short teaser video and hashtags, including #DeloreanEVolved and #ElectricVehicle.
— DeLorean Motor Company (@deloreanmotorco) February 13, 2022
Following the tagline “the future was never promised,” the iconic silhouette of the DeLorean’s gullwing doors opening can be seen. They are briefly outlined by an electric-esque “V” shaped line drawn between them, underscored by a similar shape carved on the front grille. The company’s Facebook page also used the phrase “universal luxury reimagined.”
The original DMC-12 DeLorean was powered by a 2.8-liter V6 engine, mounted as a rear-engine vehicle. It could be paired to either a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Engineering was largely performed by Lotus Cars in the UK, manufactured in a purpose-built factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Only 8,987 units were built between January 1981 and December 1982.
The DeLorean’s gullwing doors are just as iconic as the stainless steel finish, squared headlights and rear louvers. Unique and popular in its own right, the DeLorean’s pop culture fame was solidified by 1985’s Back to the Future. It is unclear whether the new electric DeLorean will come with a flux capacitor as standard equipment or if it will be a dealer add-on.
We’ll have plenty more news on the all-new DeLorean as it breaks; stay tuned to MotorWeek!