The history of Imperia, a Belgium car brand, that built motorcycles and automobiles, started in 1904 and lasted until 1958. 50 years later it has been brought to life by Green Propulsion. This company needed only EUR400 to acquire the brand. The idea was to be capable of building a hybrid sports car under the name of Imperia GP. Now, in 2013, the concept model ready to enter production. The carmaker is also known as the Belgian Wiesmann because it is a lot similar to the manufacturer that built the GT model. The new model features styles and design cues borrowed from past Imperia models, which make it really incredible. It has been designed in-house with the help of Denis Steven and it most easy to spot highlights are the vertical radiator grille and the front wings separated from the engine hood. For the interior, we can observe that the dashboard dominated by curves and also that the analog instruments continue the retro theme.
When it comes to the hybrid power train, the situation changes alone. The model combines a BMW / PSA 1.6-liter turbocharged engine capable of generating 200 BHP and 260 Nm of torque with an electric motor producing 150 BHP and 350 Nm of torque. The total output reaches 350 BHP and 610 Nm of torque. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds in pure electric mode and in 4.0 seconds in hybrid mode. It can also reach a limited top speed of 216 km/h. The model has a fuel consumption of 1.9 liters / 100 km and emits less than 50 g of CO2 per kilometer. The batteries offer a driving range of 60 km in electric mode with a full battery charge taking 4 hours and 30 minutes. The first model delivered will cost EUR125.000 and will go in Belgium. A bit later, Green Propulsion will launch a less complex version priced only at EUR95.000. The company plans to develop 200 units per year, but for the beginning only 100 will see the light of the day.
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