2023 DeLorean Alpha5

Following several teasers, the all-new model from DeLorean Motor Company was set for a digital launch on May 31, but the automaker released the first images and information earlier than expected through the official website, for anyone signing up for news and updates. 

The DeLorean Alpha5, designed by Italdesign, is a low-slung four-seater grand tourer with massive gullwing doors and a fully electric powertrain, similar to its predecessor.

Keeping The Gullwing Doors While Avoiding Retro Design References

The return of the DeLorean nameplate contains fewer design references to the iconic DMC-12 than we might expect. 

The aerodynamic body (0.23 cd) is much more curvaceous than the original's boxy shapes, and the characteristic windowline has been replaced by a more modern greenhouse.

Still, the Alpha5 originally belonged to tradition with gullwing doors that dominate the profile, large-diameter multispoke wheels, a straight character line running all the way around the bodywork, and a vented rear windscreen cover.

The taillights are full-width with three horizontal lines, which serve as a loose representation of the pattern on the DMC-12 taillights. In terms of LEDs, the gullwing doors have illuminated patches at the front and back to make them more visible when opened.

The gullwing doors' sheer size allows for easier access to the cabin, which has four individual seats. Simple lines characterize the dashboard, with a digital instrument cluster serving as the focal point behind the modern-styled flat-bottom steering wheel.

On the high-mounted floating center console, there is a second, smaller touchscreen screen for infotainment, as well as what appears to be a set of physical controls for the air conditioning behind it, next to a wireless charging tray. There are also two cupholders and additional storage compartments for the front passengers.

DeLorean has not provided us with a detailed presentation of the platform, but has provided some estimated spec figures for the "Base Performance Model."

 A large 100 kWh battery provides more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range, and while the output of the electric motors is unknown, the Alpha5 will accelerate from 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) in 2.99 seconds and from 0-142 km/h (0-88 mph) in 4.35 seconds. The maximum speed will be 250 km/h (155 mph).

"The Alpha5 is for people who love to drive," says Joos de Vries, Chief Executive Officer of Delorean Motor Company. "We have been given the opportunity to reimagine a brand that has meant so much to so many people from all corners of the globe for four decades," said Neilo Harris, Vice President of the brand. DeLorean has touched so many lives and created so many memories... We are now witnessing a new chapter in this incredible story."

We'll find out more about the DeLorean Alpha5 at the digital launch tomorrow and the official premiere on August 18 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. While the DeLorean Motor Company is based in the United States, the Alpha5 will be manufactured in Italy, with the powertrain supplied by a UK partner.

The Alpha5 will initially be available in 88 units, a reference to the speed of the time-traveling DMC-12 in the Back To The Future films. However, it will not be the automaker's only model, as they are also developing a V8-powered coupe, an EV sedan, and a hydrogen-powered SUV.