DeLorean now promises a New DeLorean. And there are lots of news about it

The last news we have given you on DeLorean was that it was celebrating the new “Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturing Act”, which would help it build new DMC 12 units. But they seemed very careful, still figuring out if it was feasible or not. Now we have more information about the new round of production of the car. And things are a lot clearer.

DMC says it is already talking to four engine suppliers, two from the USA and two from other countries. The company says that, due to a non-disclosure agreement it has signed with all of them, their identities cannot be revealed, but that the possible engines range from 200 kW to 261 kW. And that the engines are turbocharged and naturally aspirated. That they are 4-cylinder or V6 engines.

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At first, we bet on a 200 kW 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and on a 261 kW V6 naturally aspirated, but a simple research over the internet has proven us wrong. Ford’s 2.3 Ecoboost engine produces exactly 261 kW for the Focus RS. Toyota’s famous 3.5 V6, the same one used by Lotus Evora, but without the supercharger, produces 200 kW. So it is wise to invert the order: a naturally aspirated V6 can develop 200 kW. Only a turbocharged engine, V6 or 4-cylinder, would reach 261 kW. The 1980’s DMC 12 had a 97 kW engine, so we are talking about at least double the original output.

Ford and GM are naturally on the competition. Toyota is one in which we would also bet. The other one can be an European brand, such as Volvo or Renault, makers of the original engine used by the DMC 12, the PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) engine. But a more suitable match would be Honda. DMC certainly needs a trustworthy and reliable new engine and the Japanese companies have a real reputation on that field. Besides, they can produce light and powerful engines with that reliability. And the new DMC 12 needs something light to be installed after its rear axle, as it is a rear-wheel drive rear engine vehicle. Unless they are willing to modify that as well…

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Another thing that will change in the new DeLorean, as DMC has already called it, are the wheels. The original DMC 12 had 14-inch wheels at the front axle and 15-inch wheels at the rear axle. According to the company, you cannot find high performance tires in these measures anymore. Only larger ones, what will allow the car to also have larger brakes. Suspension parts will most certainly come from Germany, with Eibach supplying the springs, as in the original DMC 12, and another one, not named, for the dampers. We would bet on Bilstein.

Even if the new DeLorean could travel back in time, it would probably not use an AM/FM cassette player, as it originally did. Future buyers will probably get a touchscreen GPS navigator. DMC also promises an “improved HVAC  system”, what we interpret as a more powerful and fuel-saving climate control. Too many plans in order not to get them done, right?

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According to DMC, indeed. It has even developed a new website for the car, called www.newdelorean.com. The “Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturing Act”, anyway, is not enough for that to happen. There is still need of additional “regulations to implement the law”. And the deadline to finish these regulations is 12 months from signing the act. Until December 2016, all that DMC has to do is wait, but it assures it is moving ahead so it can start producing the cars asap. With these changes we have mentioned. Maybe even offer the electric version it has promised back in 2011.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.