This Belgium-built retro-styled hybrid sports car is due to hit the market sometime later this year.
If you think the new Imperia GP hybrid sports car somewhat resembles a Wiesmann, then you’re not alone. However, the GP was designed entirely in-house by the Belgian company. Imperia started off way back in 1904 building motorcycles and cars. This lasted until 1958 but the company was resurrected a half century later by Green Propulsion. One result of this rebirth is the retro styled GP. Power comes from a BMW/PSA-sourced 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that’s good for 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.
It’s paired up with an electric motor that contributes an additional 150 hp and 258 lb-ft, giving the GP a total output of 350 hp and 450 lb-ft. Weighing in at 2,645 lbs. the GP can go from 0-62 mph in 6 seconds in electric mode and 4 seconds in hybrid mode while top speed is limited to 134 mph. It can likely go faster than that but the limiter is in place so that the battery won’t be drained of power. With its supposed 123.8 mpg fuel economy rating, a full battery charge will take a hefty four and a half hours. The Imperia GP will go on sale in Belgium later this year at a cost of 125,000 Euros with the eventual production goal of 200 units per year.