• Feb 23, 2010
Jay Leno drives a reborn DeLorean – Click above to watch the video after the break

No, Jay Leno did not travel back in time to 1985 (or 1981 when it was originally offered for sale) to drive a brand-new DeLorean. But that's clearly a stainless steel, wedged-shaped, gullwing-doored beauty with Leno behind the wheel, so what gives?

First of all, as Jay says, there was nothing ever really wrong with the DeLorean that a few fixes couldn't have taken care of. So, it must be good news that DMC was rescued from the grave by a Steven Wynn of the new DeLorean Motorcar Company (well, it's not good news to everybody).

Basically, the new DMC takes the original DeLorean and updates it with heavily revised componentry that brings the machine somewhere closer to acceptable new car standards. An optional engine upgrade takes the 2.8-liter Renault V6 from 135 horsepower up to 195 horses, giving a much-needed boost to the otherwise underwhelming car. No matter, we'd gladly take one to serve as our daily driver, though it better have the five-speed manual.

Naturally, Jay takes the reborn DeLorean out for a drive, and it seems he enjoys the experience despite the car only having "adequate" power, as he describes it. See what else Leno has to say about the stainless wonder in the video after the break.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      1.21 giggawatts!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell yeah I didn't know Jay had one. I'm selling mine if anybody wants a D'lo. Contact me through stinkmouth.com if you're interested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think it's a good looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What that car really needs a small 4 cyl instead of the 6. Anything from a modern hot hatch will out-perform that. And it will probably weigh less and use less fuel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeLorean_DMC-12

        Matt: Wrong. NO DeLorean left the factory with a transverse mounted V6. The drivetrain layout is EXACTLY the same as a Porsche 911. Which is why I suggested a Subaru motor.

        Rear engined / Rear Wheel Drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another great application for the 2 hayabusa engines put together guy....
        www.h1v8.com
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong.

        The heavier than normal part of that car is the stainless steel skin. A relatively weak renault-sourced V6 was way too anemic for this thing, what makes you think an I4 would do better?

        Smaller doesn't always equal efficient.

        The engine is not the only thing that weighs on a car.

        The car needs more power, rather than less. More power in that car makes the engine less stressed to motivate it. A less stressed engine can tolerate taller gears, and run at lower RPMs at cruise. More power also requires less percentage of throttle application for acceleration.

        removing weight improves efficiency... but weight being necessary... other things have to step up to compensate, not down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, I guess it's true, you really are that STUPID.

        The only 4 Clyinder that could possibly power this car resides in a Subaru. Did you know that this is a rear engine powered car ala Porsche 911? Try sticking a transverse mounted 4 banger in there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly my thoughts, the looks is still there but the engine would go right out of the window. Also b/c for me Renault is mostly "meh".
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I had Jay kind of money (I know it's not his car, but he's got money), I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat. Went to their web site. About $65K for one optioned the way I'd want it.

      I don't have Jay kind of money, so my next car needs to cost a bit less and be more practical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's flux capacitor? He must have driven the entry level trim.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it run on 1.21 gigawatts?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How does his big head fit into it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's got a 65% 35% weight distribution: chin to head, so it's okay.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite everything going on at NBC and the Tonight Show, Jay is still my hero.

      Meeting him in person is on my bucket list...

      Very cool video of a very cool car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or his garage in North Carolina
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or the Indian Givers Association, I believe he's the president.

        Sorry, couldn't resist :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or his hanger at the Burbank Airport :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        I live around Burbank and work a block away from his garage. I see him driving by almost daily, always driving something crazy old looking. I'd like to think that I know cars, but half the time I can't make out what it is that he's driving.

        I met him once stopped at a red light. I was driving my four door 1971 Plymouth Valiant that I have restored with my pops. Nothing special, but it looked good. I was standing side by side to a steam car driven by Leno. He looked over and said "nice car", and then added, "your door is not shut all the way". I felt pretty stupid, but then it was cool to hear him say it. I thanked him, re-shut my door, and we drove on.

        I see him at local car shows all the time. He seems to prefer steam powered vehicles.

      • 4 Years Ago
      As soon as I start working I'm going to buy one of these. That video really held my attention.

      I'd really like somebody to design a new delorean concept car. I'd love to see a modern interpretation of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a healthy subculture of DeTomaso Panteras that are hopped up beyond belief. Granted, their heritage involves a Ford V8. But I would love to see a modern rebuild of a vintage Delorean (resto-rod style) that involves a badass crate motor, modern tranmsission, brakes, suspension mods, and wheels that mimic the originals plus a couple of inches.

      Stainless rules!
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm I wana get a mk2 supra and make a delorean replica with a 2jz. More then adequate power ;)
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