The Beautiful New Imperia GP Plug-in Hybrid
Just when you think you’ve seen every hybrid on the market a boutique automaker comes along with a new concept and blows away the competition. Initially started back in 1909 the Imperia Automobile company went bankrupt in 1948 and was then revived in 2009 by a small team who took the retro styling of the original Imperia cars and added a hybrid drive-train developed by Green Propulsion.
The Imperia GP has a claimed 0-62mph time of 4 seconds and a battery only range of 50-80kms (30-50 miles), it uses a 1.6 litre turbo charged engine coupled with a 100kW electric motor. The Imperia GP is due to begin shipping to customers at the end of this year and for $140,000 USD you can pick one of the first 50 to leave the factory in Belgium.
Official Imperia GP Specifications
-1.6l turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine
-100kW electric motor
-Li-Po batteries, 355 V, 31 A.h
-Range on batteries: from 50 to 80km
-0 to 100 km/h in 4 s
-Standard stereo equipment
-Free choice of colours
The first Imperia GP car has already rolled off the production line and is currently touring Belgium to drum up interest, having been most recently shown at the ‘Dream Cars for Wishes’ event, a show of “dream” cars to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation on the 22nd and 23rd of January this year.
As always with small automakers, you never know if they’ll actually get off the ground, but if the Imperia GP is going to look as good as it does in these press shots, we certainly makes it off the factory floor.