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Imperia GP - Old style, new technology

Breaking News

The vehicle they’re presenting is the Imperia GP, a hybrid roadster that is nothing short of beautiful — breathtaking even — but that doesn’t push the technological envelope.

Imperia GP

by Ross Bonander

Specs:

  • Type: Electric serial hybrid
  • Class: Roadster
  • Manufacturer: Green Propulsion
  • Propulsion system: PowerHybrid technology (5-speed, V4 engine; a 130 hp induction motor)
  • Top Speed: NA
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.1 seconds in electric mode (4.8 seconds in hybrid mode).
  • Vehicle range: NA
  • Fuel(s): Electricity, conventional gasoline
  • Battery system: 8.2kWh lithium polymer (85% recharge in 3 hours, 100% in 4)
  • Tailpipe emissions: Yes, in hybrid mode, although they allege some low emissions (87g/km) in combined driving

The manufacturer says

“The Imperia GP celebrates the return to a concept where elegance is no longer sacrificed for efficiency, and where these two parameters are harmoniously integrated.”

The critics say

“It may not look futuristic, but the Imperia GP definitely deserves another glance.” Techeblog.com

Overview

In early 2008 Belgium-based Green Propulsion acquired the rights to the Imperia label, reviving one of the bright lights of Belgian automotive history from the first part of the 20th century. The vehicle they’re presenting is the Imperia GP, a hybrid roadster that is nothing short of beautiful—breathtaking even—but that doesn’t push the technological envelope much, despite the company’s hyping its PowerHybrid propulsion system and allegedly low CO2 emissions (87g/km in combined driving).

What we like...

The design. Designer Denis Stevens did a staggering job on the Imperia, bringing full to bear the term “Neo-Retro” from the vertical radiator grille to the back bumper, giving it supremely modern sex appeal along with a long breath of nostalgia.

The interior. Imperia calls it “deliberately austere”, another way of saying it doesn’t look like the cockpit of 747.

What we don’t …

The steel chassis. Was steel really necessary? Green Propulsion should know that propulsion becomes a lighter shade of green with steel.

Conclusions

Company engineers only recently got the prototype’s engine running, so it’ll be a while before the Imperia is available for consumers, and even then they intend to keep numbers down. This can only mean they won’t work too hard to keep the price down either, but this is a slick-looking ride. And while it doesn’t contribute a whole lot to the alternative technology movement, it does add another sweet roadster to the mix.

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