Being a child of the 1980s, I get excited by things that younger people don’t get and older people never liked. I know many of you can relate.
Thanks to movies like Transformers and the revival of shows like Voltron, some of the greatest parts of the ’80s are coming back. There is, perhaps, no greater symbol of the great 1980s than the mighty DeLorean DMC-12. Known to most simply as the Back to the Future time machine, the DeLorean and its gull-wing doors have come to symbolize the greatest decade ever.
And now, if reports are to be believed, the DeLorean will come back in 2013, though with at least one major difference.
In the United States, the 1982 DMC-12 pumped out about 130 hp. That was down from 150 for British cars, thanks to U.S. emissions standards. The 0-60 time came in about 10 seconds. Those numbers, of course, were destroyed by the uranium-powered DeLorean built by Dr. Emmett Brown.
Unfortunately, most of the remaining DeLoreans in the real world remain powered by good ol’ gasoline. I say “most,” because the car has proven to be a fun little DIY electric conversion. Now a real DMC-produced EV DeLorean could be next.
Announced Friday night at a DMC open house, the company said it plans to work with electric car company Epic EV to get an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013. Early reports say the Electric DeLorean will have a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour and offer 260 horsepower for somewhere in the neighborhood of $90,000-100,000.
In another too-good-to-be-true bit of news, according to YourHoustonNews.com:
The introduction of the Electric DeLorean was not the only bombshell the company dropped on its visitors Friday evening as DMC also showed off with a super-charge DeLorean that features an improved engine and 260 hp, nearly doubling the horsepower of the stock model. Also introduced was a new underbody made of more lightweight yet sturdy materials, manufactured with the original tooling used in the making of the original DeLoreans decades ago.
Are you kidding me? It looks like DMC will finally start building honest-to-goodness new vehicles again, along with modern powertrains and the same looks that defined a generation.
Which DeLorean would you choose: electric or supercharged?