Automobiles The DeLorean Omega 2040 Concept Looks Like an Earth-Roving Space BuggyThe next gen for the DeLorean brand is a "design philosophy with roots in baja-themed off-road racing." Whatever that means.
- Words Jeff Tomko
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If DeLorean had any intention on redesigning its reputation from 1980s pop culture relic to futuristic performance prominence, the company’s latest cutting-edge concept of an all-electric vehicle will have off-road enthusiasts wishing for a trip back into the “Future.”
All the Marty McFly quips aside, DeLorean’s yet-to-be-official Omega 2040 has the visual aesthetics of an all-electric space-traveling variation of its original ‘80s model, but the handling of monster-truck muscle.
This is the future of off-road electric vehicles, or as the brand describes it: “the next generation in our design philosophy with roots in baja-themed off-road racing.”
Uh, … okay.
Anyway, this off-road two-seater conce appears to be an otherworldly opposite to another recent DeLorean launch — the Alpha 5 — which also made its long-awaited public debut this past August in Pebble Beach, FL.
If the DeLorean Omega 2040 is the automotive future, then we’ll be traveling over the next decades in eco-friendly style.
Bodywise, it’s got the sleekness of a Cadillac CT4 rolling down Ocean Drive with the monster wheels more suited for tackling Death Valley. Although still a concept car, the company’s trademark gullwing doors appear to be a part of the package.
Another eye-grabber is the Omega’s bumper-to-bumper solar windshield.
But the question on any car enthusiast’s mind is just how fast does this futuristic space buggy go? The Alpha 5, which has a 100-kilowatt battery that can travel up to 300 miles on a charge, is said to have a top speed of 155 mph and can go from zero to 60 in a staggering 2.9 seconds.
Since it’s only in the concept stage, the Omega 2040’s speed is yet to be determined, but you can expect the future will only get faster.
Price is no object at the moment for the Omega 2040, namely because it’s still to be determined whether this futuristic four-wheel drive will actually make it to production, unlike the Alpha 5, which is scheduled to be released in 2024 with a price tag of around $175,000.