It was back in 2017 when we had Back to the Future fans rejoicing at the news the DeLorean was going back into production. But three years down the line and not much had been heard… until now. Yes, the reborn DeLorean Motor Company has said its DMC-12 could go into production next year if the relevant paperwork gets finalised as expected.
From January 1981 to December 1982, just over 9,000 DeLorean DMC-12s rolled off the assembly line. Shortly after, DeLorean would go bankrupt. Then Back to the Future happened and the DeLorean would become a cult superstar. Now, almost 40 years later, the DMC-12 is about to begin production again at its Houston, Texas-based facility.
Instead of the anaemic V6 found in the original, a 350-horsepower engine as well as a load of suspension and quality control upgrades, like power steering, cruise control and 21st century headlights, will aim to make the new DMC-12 what is was originally intended to be – a truly unique sportscar.
DMC hopes to begin production in the next couple of years depending on pending regulations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US, and aims to build one or two a week, all going well.
Just like production timescales, price points for the DeLorean DMC-12 are hard to predict. However, general estimates at the time of the 2017 announcement were around £55,000-70,000 ($80,000-100,000) and we’ve no reason to believe that would change. We would assume that flux capacitors will be sold separately, however… Head over to the DeLorean Website for updates.
Earlier this year, tech giant Sony – maker of PlayStations, headphones and all sorts of other techy nonsense – only went and built a full blown car. Called the Vision-S, the electric prototype showcases all of Sony’s tech know-how with 33 different sensors, high-end 360 audio, and autonomous driving capabilities.