In an interview with Autocar, CEO Joost de Vries claimed the upcoming DeLorean Alpha 5 will have the performance of the Mercedes-AMG GT, “and maybe the higher-end Porsche Taycan.” The CEO also noted that the company isn’t interested in trying to make the Alpha 5 an alternative to the Tesla Model S Plaid. Partners in the U.K. are building the powertrain, while the design of the car was handed over to the Italian company Italdesign. The company was founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro and is the company behind the original 1980s-era DeLorean (via AHF).
Joost de Vries told Autocars that the Alpha 5 will be produced in an initial run of just 88 cars, which is a direct reference to the speed the DeLorean had to hit in “Back to the Future” in order to time travel. Those initial 88 cars will not be street legal, meaning owners will have to be content only using them on the track. According to Autocars, the new DeLorean EV will later evolve for use on the streets, though it’ll still be produced in low numbers. DeLorean Motor Company has plans for new models after the Alpha 5. “We need an SUV for volume,” de Vries told Auto Cars. The SUV would be revealed after the debut of the Alpha 5, and though we don’t know much about it yet, it was said that the model will be powered by hydrogen.