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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The New DeLorean Will Have More Horsepower Than Ever


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1982 DeLorean DMC-12 Side

Your chance to own a new—yes, new—DeLorean DMC-12 is coming thanks to the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act. This handy law makes it legal for the company that bought up all the leftover DeLorean bits to start building new cars again. And they plan to start next year.
The law lets manufacturers make replicas of cars that are at least 25 years old and produce them in low volumes without being held to the same standards at major automakers. They aren’t completely immune to today’s laws and still have to meet Clean Air Act Standards, so the engines aren’t going to be what were in the original cars. This begs the question of how much power we’ll get from a new DeLorean?

1982 DeLroean DMC-12 Front

The answer came from DeLorean Motor Company VP James Espey, who told Jalopnik that one option could come in the form of a GM crate engine. They’re also looking at two additional suppliers, one of which is foreign.
The engine they’re currently leaning towards is a naturally-aspirated V6 that produces between 300 and 400 horsepower. They wouldn’t confirm exactly whose engine is leading the pack, but it’s a good bet your new DeLorean could be powered by a GM or Toyota engine.