DeLorean DMC-12 - Klaus Westrup remembers the edelstahlbeplankten wannabe athletes: A car with gull-wing doors is coming, but it's not the Gullwing. It is a sports car, a shiny metallic flounder, just 114 centimeters high.
DeLorean - the name has an exotic sound. Only De Tomaso sounds even more daring. A former General Motors manager, in the seventies boss of Chevrolet Division has given the four-meter Thirty-Coupé his name.
DeLorean - without polish, but with spectacular gullwing doors
The vain, like a male model acting John Zacharias DeLorean dreams of its own sports car that he can not realize at GM. There you have already the Camaro and the famous Corvette. DeLorean represents the late seventies, with its own money earned with GM the first prototype to the wheels.
The search for a suitable production facility ends in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where there is an unemployment rate of 25 percent and where the competent British government agreed to contribute 260 million marks - not knowing that this car, the DeLorean DMC-12, unsuccessful will have. A financially costly paint shop saves DeLorean. It can assemble the flounder with your own name from stainless body panels. The optically unusual metallic effect without paint to provide additional appeal of the DeLorean DMC-12th But of course the main attraction remain the upward-opening doors. DeLorean will at least abhaben something of the splendor of the Mercedes 300 SL icon called, even if the car is anything but a 300 SL.
Sports car is different - the Euro-V6 can inspire little
The longitudinally behind the rear axle in the DeLorean DMC-12 built six-cylinder is a cross Braves limousine engine, which is used normally in the Renault 30 and Peugeot 604th In DeLorean makes the well-known as a Europe-engine, 2.8-liter V6 precisely 132 hp at 5,500 rpm, maximum torque is 220 Nm at just 3,000 rpm. Even in the French sedans, the machine is now proving to be particularly lively, but, in the DeLorean DMC-12, the standards are very different - not least because of the gull-wing associations.
Just eleven seconds registers the strict testing department for the acceleration of the DeLorean DMC-12 from zero to 100 km, a top speed at 198 km / h. So you have to choose his opponents carefully, a Golf GTI should not be there as possible. Disappointment is spreading, especially since the engine prepares no great fun also per se. With great difficulty it turns over 5,000 rpm, the noise is monotonous, a sound of the DeLorean DMC-12 simply does not exist.
Comfortable equipped Gullwing
Even otherwise provides only a low well-being in the DeLorean DMC-12th The only relevant to the spectacle effect double doors bounce after opening threatening strong and give a clear view of the poor workmanship of the door mechanism. Also, the visibility is unsatisfactory back and forth, not least due to an unusually low seating position. The side windows of the DeLorean DMC-12 can be by design open only half - there remains a miserable consolation the thought of the true Gullwing that has tiny Schiebefensterchen and saves his elite crew in the summer a sauna.
but sweating has no one in the DeLorean DMC-12th Air conditioning is also standard equipment as the central locking, leather upholstery, steering wheel adjustment plus radio with cassette. The steering is power-assisted, but you have to hinlangen strongly, even clutch and brake demand high actuation forces. With more than 13 meters of the Tropic of such a visually exciting DeLorean DMC-12 is extremely large, maneuvering pure agony. Where is he only the long-awaited fun?
Lotus optimized chassis
People look out when you arrive with the DeLorean DMC-12, certainly that ensures desired by the owner also show effect actually occurs. That quite successful proportions and the exciting gullwing doors hides behind a would-powered car, no one suspects so quickly. After all, is on the credit side of the DeLorean DMC-12 is still a successful suspension, which is certainly not overwhelmed by the tired engine.
With the participation of Lotus engineers have managed to raise a good road to the DeLorean DMC-12th The conception caused by the rear engine oversteer occurs only at very high cornering speeds, and can be kept with the exact power steering is well under control, provided of course some skill in this matter. The suspension of the DeLorean DMC-12 is taut, the ride comfort poor. A true sports car you do not take something bad, it does. He is a pure show business on wheels and with a purchase price of 75,000 formerly Mark anything but cheap.
The eye-catcher is a shop keeper
Who should buy the DeLorean DMC-12? Even the show on wheels generally not averse Americans hold surprisingly sharply. With a US $ 25,000 prize, the idiosyncratic coupe them is too expensive and built to unsound. Originally, 30,000 fabricate DeLorean DMC-12 per year 3,000 workers, but also product recalls and costly rework can the ambitious and smug plans fail prematurely. Even the conspicuously inconspicuous stainless steel costume does not appreciate the potential clientele. American dealers paint the lonely parked in the yards, unsold DeLorean DMC-12, and this ultimately futile.
After working hours, layoffs, additional financial grants from the British government and subsequent sequestration due to insolvency comes early eighties the end for DeLorean. As if it were an omen, also the test car DeLorean DMC-12 passed in the idyllic Schefflenztal near Heilbronn with a sudden engine failure. Continue with its own power is not possible, the towing must advance. "Is this the Gullwing?" The man asks the overalls impressed. "No," I answer truthfully, "he just doors."