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NewsDeLorean could build the Alpha 2… with a V8!

DeLorean could build the Alpha 2… with a V8!

DeLorean could bring the Alpha 2 concept to production, possibly with a V8 engine underhood.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with automotive news over the past few months, the DeLorean name is back in the automotive world, and no, it’s not a nod to the feature film chronicling a brief portion of the life of famous engineer John Z. DeLorean, recently unveiled on the Netflix platform.

No, DeLorean is “back in business,” as the expression goes, at least for the brand’s return as a manufacturer and not as a medium for fans of the exotic car of the 1980s, because there are still many die-hard DMC-12 fans.

While it’s clear that the priority for DeLorean is to begin production of the Alpha5, a 2+2 sports sedan with huge gullwing doors and an all-electric powertrain, the small manufacturer is also looking to expand its portfolio, including one or more of the prototypes recently unveiled at Car Week in Monterey, California.

DeLorean Alpha 2 Concept | Photo: DeLorean

The Alpha2 coupe, on the other hand, is piquing the interest of enthusiasts. The silhouette of this styling study – the car exists only in the virtual universe at the time of writing – was apparently inspired by the DMC-24 prototype imagined at the time of the DMC-12. The goal of this design exercise was to recall the 90’s period through the lines of the car while keeping a link with its design era.

In an interview with TopGear magazine, DeLorean CEO Joost de Vries said that several interested parties had expressed interest in the car, prompting the executive to state that a limited production run was also being considered.

Where it gets a little stranger is under the hood, as the DMC-24 was supposed to use a V8 engine, as opposed to the V6 taken from the Renault catalogue for the DMC-12. And it is not excluded that this production Alpha2 – if DeLorean approves the project of course – could be powered by a V8 engine, quite the opposite of the Alpha5 which will be powered by electrons.

At the time of writing, this is only speculation though. We’ll have to wait a while before we know more about this intriguing project.

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