If Marty McFly and Doc Brown had travelled to the year 2017 instead of 2015, they would have witnessed the rebirth of their beloved DeLorean. Thanks to a new law passed by the U.S. government in December, small car companies are now authorized to produce a limited number of completed replica motor vehicles that resemble the appearance of cars produced 25 years ago or more.
As confirmed by Delorean Motor Company on its website, the iconic coupe will re-enter production next year.
The new DeLorean will have to meet today’s environmental standards, however, which is why the company has been working for some time to identify a supplier for engines and other parts that will comply to the emissions rules in effect. DMC will also be required to register with NHTSA and EPA, and file annual production reports. The replica vehicles will be subject to equipment standards, recalls, and remedies.
According to The Verge, which posted a video on its Facebook page, annual production will not exceed 325 units. Engine output could be somewhere between 300-400 horsepower, while 17” or 18” wheels will likely replace the original 14”-15” units.
Expect U.S. pricing for the new DeLorean to start anywhere between $80,000 and $100,000.