Weeks ago, a major piece of legislation was passed into law, changing the way companies can manufacture vehicles in low numbers. That legislation, The Low Volume Manufacturing Act, has fueled the return of the DeLorean Motor Company, and its planning to bring the DMC-12 back to life.
It’s fantastic. It is a game-changer for us. We’ve been wanting this to happen,” DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne told Click2Houston. “That was a green light to go back into production. That was prohibited. It was against the law to do it.”
Originally, the DMC-12 was powered by a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo (PRV) 2.85-liter V6, but modern emissions standards will bar the engine from making a return. Instead, DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne says he is currently talking with three suppliers to provide power for the reintroduced DMC-12.
One of those suppliers is General Motors, which offers its 6.2-liter LS3 V8, and the engine is already approved for low-production replica cars. But, packaging constraints may keep a V8 off the table, and a GM V6 could be shoehorned under the bonnet. The two other suppliers were not named, according to Motor Trend.
Currently, DeLorean has enough stock to build 300-325 replica DMC-12s, which would leave enough left over to service existing DMC-12s from the 1980s.