Following a quiet debut at the Belgian Auto Show last month, specialty automaker Imperia Automobiles has released full details and pricing of their revival model.
The Imperia brand from Belgium had its heyday between 1900 and 1950. Work got under way in 2008 to revive the brand as a retro styled vehicle along the lines of a Wiesmann or Morgan. Despite its styling from the past, the Imperia is equipped with the latest in hybrid technology propulsion.
Available from 2012 the Imperia GP will be priced at a modest 89,950 euros (including VAT). However for those with some cash burning a hole in their pockets, the first edition is available this year for a premium of 120,360 euros (including VAT).
The Imperia GP uses a 1.6 liter turbo engine in addition to an electric motor. Power output is 210 PS (207 bhp / 154 kW) with 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) and 136 PS (134 bhp / 100 kW) respectively. The resulting takeoff to 100 km/h is a thumping 4 seconds utilizing hypbrid mode (engine and motor together). Alternatively using electric mode only the 100 km/h mark is hit in 6 seconds.
This is very respectable performance given the Imperia renders an average fuel economy rating of 1.9L/100km (149 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions less than 50 g/km. Furthermore, a single charge in full electric mode will provide 70 km (43 mi). Recharging only takes 4.5 hours.