If you are a big fan of the Back to the Future movie franchise like we are, you will be glad to hear the famous DeLorean DMC-12 will re-enter production next year.
Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company is happy to announce limited-run production of replicas will commence in the first quarter of 2017, following the recent passing of the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015. The law grants small car manufacturers in United States with the permission to make up to 325 replicas per year of models that are at least 25 years old.
Keep in mind that while the company doesn’t really have any connections with the original DeLorean automaker, the plan is to remain as faithful to the DMC-12 as possible. However, there is going to be a major change as the 130-hp 2.85-liter V6 will be replaced with something more powerful churning between 350 and 400 hp. The engineers will likely use a V6 engine due to packaging advantages taking into consideration the original DMC-12’s motor had the same configuration.
Besides getting a beefier engine, the revived DeLorean DMC-12 will also have larger brakes, bigger wheels, and a revised interior with more modern features. Needless to say, the cassette player will be gone.
As you would expect from a very small car manufacturer, DeLorean says it will only be able to make one car per month during the model’s first year of production. If everything goes according to the plan, assembly will be boosted to one car per week as soon as 2018.
The company currently sells refurbished vehicles for $45,000 to $55,000, but if you would rather have a new one you will have to fork out almost $100,000.
Source: DeLorean Motor Company via automobilemag.com