The DMC DeLorean is a two-seat rear-mounted sports car that was manufactured and sold by the DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983.
The DeLorean DMC-12 prototype was developed in 1976 by former Pontiac engineer William Collins and designer Giugiaro.
The DeLorean DMC-12 was based on the Lotus Esprit platform with a wheelbase of 2413 mm (95″), consisting of a spine frame and fibreglass underbody. The car was fitted with an independent spring suspension (double wishbone at the front and multi-linkage at the rear), four-wheel power disc brakes, rack and pinion steering and 14″ alloy wheels at the front and 15″ at the rear with Goodyear radial tyres.
The DeLorean DMC-12 needed no paint: its body panels were made of brushed stainless steel. Another feature of the DMC-12 was the spectacular gull-wing doors, which opened with gas-filled torsions.
DeLorean DMC-12 specs:
- top speed – 176 km/h
- acceleration to 100 km/h – 10,5 s
- horsepower – 150 hp
- engine volume – 2849 cm³
- vehicle weight – 1230 kg
DeLorean DMC-12 engine:
A Wankel rotary engine or a German Ford V6 were considered as possible power units, but in the end a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo 2.8-litre injector V6 SOHC was chosen. It had to be fitted behind the rear axle. In the European version, the engine developed 150 hp, but in the US version with a catalytic converter its output was not more than 130 hp.
DeLorean DMC-12 0 – 100 (DeLorean DMC-12 0 – 60):
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 10.5 seconds.
DeLorean DMC-12 top speed:
The top speed reaches 176 kilometres per hour.
DeLorean DMC-12 interior:
DeLorean DMC-12 price (DeLorean DMC-12 for sale):
The car is available from $80000.