The DeLorean DMC-12 is nothing if not controversial when it was released, but the passing of time and the fact that the car was the star of the hit 1980s Back To The Future films has now cemented its favourability with the general public.
The DMC-12’s single largest flaw has always been its lack of power. Penned by Giorgetto Guigiaro with the engineering taken care of by Colin Chapman and Lotus the DeLorean promised lightning fast speed and handling.
The cold hard reality was quite the opposite, the DMC-12 was slow by the standards of the day, largely due to the fact that the engine type had been changed before production began. John DeLorean had originally intended for the DMC-12 to be powered by the Citroën/NSU Comotor Wankel engine however this motor was discontinued before production of DeLorean’s car started.
A new engine was sourced – the 2849cc Peugeot-Renault-Volvo