2024 DNG Motors Model-JZD - design Review
now come true and Model-JZD is here to put the name and the city back on the map. Utilizing key aspects from the original DMC-12, this new product is more in line with what her father envisioned. And now that we have electric power underneath, this new product, is sure to meet the power we all wanted from the original.
As the original DMC-12 front was a bit too 80’s for today, DNG Motors has decided to freshen it up a bit. Gone are the dual square lights of the 80’s, being replaced by a single light band. This is a nice touch, but they could have broken the line with two (2) square profiles on each side. This would have given us the illusion of the original lights, but not actually given us them.
From there DNG decided to keep the black bumper and lower splitter alive. This time though, they though that the bumper should only be included where it would be most beneficial. Not running from side to side, this new bumper profile is a nice touch, but is a bit oversized. We get it, you need proper protection, but a proper blend into the front would have made the bumper look better than an add on accessory. As for the lower splitter, this has now turned into a full-scale front spoiler. A bland and unoccupied spoiler, but non the less, a true wind defying front spoiler which has added on a better appeal of being a true sports car.
Up on the hood you will find a new a pair of exit ports used to push air entering from the front intake over the windshield. The great thing about this, is that they have used a similar dark plastic as the original window louvres from the DMC-12. Thus, giving us a part of the original on the front. And they are a great fit to help break up the vast expanse which graced the front of the DMC-12.
Sliding around the front splitter, you find yourself gazing upon a light fixture which should not be. DNG has added an accent line to the side of Model-JZD to blend the front lights onto the rear. We always say you need a proper amount of character and accenting, but this is a bit too much for us. Being that DNG has already added proper character lines to the side profile, this line is not required.
Flowing from the front, the side splitters add a nice touch which helps lower the overall look of the car. Accented with the same gloss black as the front, the splitter blends in with the ground as much as it blends with the car. Too bad we cannot say that about the accent line above.
DNG has used a near perfect profile for their side windows, which are just over half of their profile. A large gloss black clad takes up the rear, where a side intake would be fitting, or maybe some louvres. The flat appeal just leaves us open for something more, but I guess when the window does not incorporate an opening porthole, it would just seem a bit off.
One thing that DNG has hit out of the park with, is their rim design. Low profile tires are a great touch along with them fitting into their wells perfectly. But the choice of design is nearly bang on to the original’s aluminum wire look. An upgrade to give it some shine, makes the new rims stand out a bit more and add that special touch from its past. This could be because we lost our coffee hole in the window.
Following the accent line to the rear, you find yourself gazing upon something you did not think you would find. As the lights up front do not have any of the old square light detail, it was odd for us to find out that the rear lights have integrated the block styling as the original. This was a great touch, but it could have been a bit bigger as the original lights were nearly double the size of the current ones. Add to this a bit of orange to the side and you would have the perfect reincarnation of original DMC-12’s tail lights.
As with the front, DNG has decided to do away with the 80’s style cheap plastic bumper and replace it with one from this century. Gone are the exhaust ports, replaced by oversized rear diffusers. Protruding from the rear of the vehicle, these new diffusers are a great touch, but could have been better integrated into the design. They do the part they are required to do, but bringing them in a bit, would help the rear with their hemorrhoid issues.
Like the original, this product also contains window louvres. But unlike the original, the louvres on this model are the actual back window. DNG has managed to design in a cascading rear window which gives it the appeal of a rear window louvre. This is not just a call back to the original, but one amazingly well laid out design aspect. Being able to mold glass today, has made the difference in window design and layout for this model. Doing away with the port hole and accessory, has given the Model-JZD a design that is ground breaking for the world of EV’s.
Being a rebirth product, you would expect a major change of appeal over the original. But unlike the new Blazer and Charger, the rebirth model of the DMC-12 is more in line with what the product was and what it could have been, if it had lived on longer than it did. Utilizing key design features like the gullwing doors, window louvres and block tail lights, DNG has done one amazing job in bringing this past favorite back to life.
Overall, the appeal of this new product far exceeds what we have come to expect from rebirth products. A sporting appeal with a feel from the past, makes this model one to look forward to its release. We are glad to see that DeLorean is back and that it is back with the help from the original family. Let us just hope that a few of our recommendations will make there way onto the production model.
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