The famous DeLorean DMC-12 – a complete failure of a car but with a cult following – is quickly heading back to production duties – but this time around the company is aiming to at least get the engine right.
The Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company – a manufacturer that shares no connections with the original carmaker – is set to deliver the first low-volume production DMC-12 off its assembly lines in just 181 days. The strategy includes enticing the massive fan base of the Back to the Future franchise by sticking to the original design of the Giugiaro-penned car. But under the hood a revolution is set to take place. The measly 130-hp 2.85-liter V6 engine will be axed in favor of something offering more than double the power. The engine hasn’t been revealed just yet but we already know the company has two suppliers and will test cars with both solutions to see which one is the perfect fit. The new engine will be mated to a five-speed manual, transaxle transmission, an updated version of the DMC-12’s original gearbox.
DeLorean Motor Company DMC-12 buyers can choose from bigger 17- or 18-inch wheels and larger brakes that will cope with the new muscle. Also, the electrical system will be completely changed to avoid the past issues. The original chassis used a disastrous combination of mild steel and an epoxy resin – which in time allowed the frame to twist and flex, with moisture infiltrating and causing rust. Now the 2017 model will use a NOS chassis which will be electro-coated for corrosion protection as well as powder-coated.