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DeLorean offers a first look at its gull-winged Alpha 5 EV revival

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DeLorean Motor Company has revealed the first images of the Alpha 5 Electric Vehicle (EV), the brand’s attempt to revive the DeLorean name in an all-electric form. Staying true to the classic ’80s DeLorean, known for his appearance in Back to the futurethe Alpha 5 comes with those iconic gull-wing doors and can hit 100km/h in about 2.99 seconds (or 140km/h in 4.35 seconds, if you’re curious).

Before we dive into the details, it’s worth noting that the company behind the Alpha 5 isn’t actually the same behind the original DeLorean vehicles — that company went defunct in 1982. An unrelated Texas company, which supplies replacement parts to owners of vintage DeLorean vehicles, acquired the rights to the DeLorean brand and teased an all-electric revival in April.

The Alpha 5 could come with a 100 kWh battery, with an estimated range of 300 miles and a top speed of 255 mph. DeLorean indicates that these specs will be part of the “base” performance model, but there’s no word on other possible performance levels or prices.

While the Alpha 5 is doing hinting at its heritage to its gas-powered predecessor with gull-wing doors and a slanted design, it trades an angular look for smoother curves and four seats instead of two. Despite some obvious differences, DeLorean teamed up with Italdesign, the same Volkswagen design team that helped develop the look of the 1981 DMC-12, and his take on the electrified version heralds the future.

DeLorean plans to show the Alpha 5 to the public on her website tomorrow morning, but you can sign up now to get a taste of the images and specs. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the car in action, though, as DeLorean will unveil the Alpha 5 in Pebble Beach on August 21.

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