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Performance Car Bait and Switch.

Posted in auto industry, Best of, FAIL / Funny, Featured, General, News by MrAngry | March 11th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

Delorean DMC-12
*Photo Credit: Dave Jacobs – DeLoreanPerformance.com

What would you do if you had a chance to go to bed with your favorite super model, only to find out that when you got her there she had a club foot and a mole the size of a Hersey’s Kiss on her ass. It would kind of ruin the entire experience wouldn’t it. Over time there have been a few cars out there that have done just this to consumers. My personal favorite is one that we all know and love. In 1985 it took us back to the future and was just as much a part of the 1980’s as parachute pants and Madonna. I speak of course of the DeLorean, a car that looked like a million bucks, but performed like a bent nickel. The DeLorean came to the United States with a crappy little Renault derived V6 that pumped out 138 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque. That meant 0-60 times of over 10 seconds with 1/4 runs of around 20 seconds. I mean my God, talk about slow!

Delorean DMC-12
*Photo Credit: Dave Jacobs – DeLoreanPerformance.com

The other thing was that mechanically the cars were just crap. The interiors were sub-par with faulty electronics, lousy materials and shoddy workmanship. Combine that with the $25,000 price tag in 1981 dollars and you’re talking about a car company that pulled the ultimate bait and switch on consumers. Over the years there have been there cars that were also perfumed pigs, but in my opinion, there was no bigger hog out there then the DeLorean DMC-12.

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7 Responses

  1. 68SportFury says:

    Sure goes a long way towards explaining why they dubbed in that nice V8 rumble in the “Back to the Future” movies, doesn’t it?

  2. Paully W says:

    I just went 1.21 giggawatts in my pants.

  3. turbosrt says:

    It was slow and unreliable but in its defense John Delorean had a twin turbo version in development and didnt have enough time to work out the kinks in the car. I feel if he was given the chance to continue the company it could have became something special. Of course the basement full of drugs in his house which he hadnt been to in 3 months (Framed) put an end to it all. Dont forget the same man helped create the legendary GTO.

  4. Peterman says:

    Let’s not forget how practical it can be!

  5. Wing nut says:

    It was the ’80’s. Everything was slow. Damn good looking though.

  6. Dave says:

    If I may offer some perspective, the Delorean’s competition in 1981:

    -DMC = ~2700 lbs/130hp/0-60 8.5sec
    -Porsche 911SC = ~2700 lbs/172hp/0-60 6.3sec
    -Ferrari 308GTSi = 3320 lbs GVW 205hp 0-60 7.6sec
    -Corvette = 3300 lbs GVW 190hp 0-60 7.2sec
    -280-ZX Turbo = 2960 lbs GVW 180hp 0-60 7.1sec

    As you can see, the DeLorean wasn’t that far off from its competition at the time. Thanks to new technology, the figures on all of these cars are not that impressive when compared to current standards with exception to the weight figures. Most cars today are super heavy.

    The DeLorean was launched during a tumultuous gas crisis that John foresaw and wrote about in his book long before the DeLorean car was launched. He was trying to do something different by providing what he called an ethical sports car that had a reliable engine that also had decent performance and good gas mileage. The DeLorean also fell victim to new emissions regulations which sapped horsepower and performance. Thanks to the government, the 70s and 80s were rot with cars without performance.

    The DeLorean certainly wasn’t a race winner, but it has a lot of other benefits. I.e. the car was supposed to have a 25 year warranty so the car was built with materials and products that would last a long time e.g. Stainless Steel. Safety and comfort were huge goals and only recently have cars been able to match DeLorean safety features. The DeLorean used a formula 1 style frame developed by Lotus. It is the same frame, and suspension, used on the Lotus Esprit up until 2002. So the DeLorean can corner extremely well.

    Ironically, the picture of the DeLorean you have for your article criticizing its performance has a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds with a 300+ HP turbo engine. I know because that is a picture of my car which I took several years ago. I don’t mind you using the picture so long as you give me credit for it. =)