Updated DeLorean DMC-12 To Get A New And More Powerful Engine

DeLorean’s rebirth is imminent, with the Texas-based “DeLorean Motor Company” preparing to unveil an updated DMC-12 for 2017.

Don’t worry, the vehicle’s unique looks, brushed stainless steel body and overall attributes that made it coveted will remain unchanged, but the underpinnings will be upgraded with modern bits and bobs, so that the car will be relevant and up to par with present-day demands.

Thanks to a low-volume manufacturing bill approved by the federal government, the new company, which began assembling and refurbishing DMC-12s from new/old stock and OEM parts using existing VIN numbers, will build about 300 brand-new automobiles from the supplies of spare parts the company still has on the shelves.

Furthermore, DMC met with potential suppliers in order to replace or upgrade some elements of the original vehicle, including the chassis, electrical system, front fender, engine, braking, and wheels and tires.

The chassis, for instance, was originally made from mild steel and coated with an epoxy to protect against corrosion, but as the resin aged it became more brittle and crack, exposing the metal to the elements. The improved solution would replace the original idea with NOS chassis, electro-coated for corrosion protection and powder coated for cosmetic appearance.

The DeLorean’s wheels will be replaced as with 17-inch and 18-inch variants which will leave more space for an updated braking system. A must-have feature, especially as the Texas-based company plans to offer an engine that more than doubles the original 2.8-litre V6’s power.

That means at least 260 HP, although according to Jalopnik, the company is looking at three possible suppliers (two from the U.S. and one foreign), with the frontrunner being a naturally-aspirated V6 which chugs out between 300 and 400 HP.

So, this means that DMC will build a time machine out of a DeLorean?

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  • Dennis James

    The car still looks great !

  • Bo Hanan

    Fords 3.7-TT (400HP) V6 would be a good choice.

    • zRoX101

      I would prefer the 3.0 TT from Infiniti. Since Infiniti can’t make anything past a city driver let delorean take this engine and make it memorable.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Cool. Love the spirit of this company and glad to see DeLoreans still available.

  • benT

    I’d prefer a pair of Tesla Ludicrous electrics!!

    • TheHake

      I’d take this over a Tesla every day of the week!

      • benT

        on the weekends?

        • TheHake

          Then I’m not wasting my time on 4 wheels!

  • EyalN

    are the doors going to work this time or is it going to be like tesla model x?
    too much power for such a small light car, they will need to redesign the whole car.
    about 300 hp will be right.

    • Michael_66589

      so maybe 3.6 Pentastar ?

  • smartacus

    So they are looking for 300-400HP?
    why not FORD’s Ecoboost 2.7 V6 from the F150? It’s almost the same size as the original 2.8 V6.

  • TheHake

    I still want one!

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