You know Back to the Future really made things tough for owners of Deloreans. I imagine that these days they can’t so much as run their cars through the drive-thru at Wendy’s but to have someone ask where the flux capacitor is. That movie’s plot required that upon reaching 88 miles per hour the protagonist’s specially modified Delorean – The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? – would travel through time.
The thing of it is, with its meager 130-bhp PRV V6 pushing the car’s 2700 pounds, the DMC-12 was lucky to get to 88 miles per hour. That engine, as well as its aft-most placement, severely limited the Delorean’s performance, potentially contributing to the brand’s demise.
But we still love the stainless steel gullwing sportscars, and as time wounds all heels – or something like that – we can do something about that. Today we have both a selection of existing Deloreans running around – production numbers ran about 9,000 over the two-year model run – and a choice of great engines which could potentially replace the grandfatherly French/Swedish anchor that the factory installed. Considering all the options out there, and which of those would best bring the Delorean back to the future, what engine do you think would make the perfect transplant?