There’s a new DeLorean headed this way, and it’s based on the mid-engine C8 Corvette. Set to launch from DeLorean Next Generation Motors, headed by Kathryn DeLorean, John Z.’s daughter, the new sports car will feature a new look, the iconic gullwing doors, and even some performance upgrades over the standard Chevy product. To sweeten the deal, pricing is expected to be relatively affordable, as well.
According to a recent report from Hagerty, the mid-engine C8 Corvette was selected as the basis for the new DeLorean as the C8 Corvette Stingray is a vehicle that many people can aspire to own. For reference, the C8 Corvette Stingray has a starting price under the $70,000 mark. But there’s more sentimental reasons as well. Prior to launching DeLorean Motor Company in 1973, John Z. DeLorean worked at General Motors, including a stint as the head at Chevrolet between 1969 and 1972. During that time, Kathryn DeLorean says her father was pushing for the Corvette to adopt a mid-engine platform, a move also proposed by the so-called godfather of the Chevy Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov. In fact, John Z. DeLorean even attempted to purchase the engineering behind the mid-engined Aerovette after leaving GM.
Fast forward to today, and Kathryn DeLorean says she aims to follow through on her father’s aspirations, saying that the new mid-engine C8 Corvette “allows [her] to finish [her] dad’s story.”
“I’m building his dream car,” Kathryn DeLorean tells Hagerty.
For now, DeLorean Next Generation Motors only has a handful of renderings, but they certainly look promising. The pen behind the new images is Angel Guerra, who spent six years at Rimac, and suffice to say, the potential to create something truly inspiring is definitely there. DeLorean Next Generation Motors is also reportedly working with aftermarket performance builders to help bring the new sports car to market. Whether or not the new fiberglass body kit will fit the high-performance C8 Z06 or hybrid C8 E-Ray remains unknown, but either way, this could be one to watch.
It also bears mentioning that another DeLorean super car is also in the works from DeLorean Motor Company (now under Joost de Vries) dubbed Alpha5. Whether or not a legal battle over the name is brewing remains to be seen.