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Opening the way to new vehicle design.
The Imperia Automobiles project is clearly ambitious.
It involves nothing less than creating a new vehicle concept, implementing new technologies, and at the same time introducing a new approach to driving and the pleasure it brings.
It is ambitious too because this vehicle aims to join a stubbornly exclusive segment where quality standards are very high.
And it is even more ambitious because Imperia Automobiles is proposing a world 1st in the sector, both a small revolution and an incredible evolution.
The design of this vehicle hinges on three remarkable requirements:
Environmental concern, through motorisation based on hybrid engine technology supplemented by path-breaking autonomy in electric mode.
The pleasure of sport driving, obtained through high-level performance. Attention to design, conveyed through its neo-retro lines that will seduce the most demanding amateur.
3 parameters, 1 solution.
There are vehicles that at present offer one, or even two, of these characteristics. The originality and relevance of the Imperia Automobiles concept rest in the fact that it is the only one able to meet all three of these requirements at the same time. The Imperia is indeed a world first.
In keeping with the times, the Imperia project is part of a major trend in today’s world which, quite rightly, is concerned more and more with the environment and sustainable development. It also enables its potential purchasers to satisfy their taste for technology oriented towards pleasure and aesthetic refinement whilst still making a socially-responsible gesture.
Imperia Automobiles, a past with a rich future.
As new as it is, the Imperia Automobiles brand already has a prestigious past. Developed at Green Propulsion, Imperia Automobiles is reviving the name of a company both famous and Liege-based, which was at the height of its success in the 1st half of the 20th century, and is identifying itself with this prestigious heritage.
Connoisseurs of cars, aficionados of mechanical sports and those nostalgic for a local industrial past will be responsive to our desire to put some shine back into the glorious image of what remains of the last make of Belgian cars.
Propulsion that really moves things forward.
The motorisation of the Imperia GP roadster relies on a technology developed exclusively for this vehicle. Thanks to parallel hybridisation, it combines environmental concerns relating to electric propulsion with performance and unlimited autonomy the moment the driver switches to the thermal engine.
In hybrid mode, the batteries can be recharged when the vehicle is in motion. Therefore, Imperia offers unlimited autonomy.
The principle of PowerHybrid® propulsion according to Imperia.
During a journey, the driver can decide at any time, via a selector, the type of propulsion required: electric or hybrid.
Using another control, the driver decides whether he/she intends to run the batteries down completely (in order to recharge them on the mains, having reached the destination), or wants to keep a reserve to be used when entering urban traffic.
These functions enable you to optimise your use of the Imperia GP by adapting to circumstances.
Cheap energy with no direct emissions.
The Imperia GP offers yet another pioneering exclusive feature: it is the only hybrid car that can be recharged from the mains, simply via a power socket.
Full charge is obtained in 3h30 (Imperia GP Basic), for an unbeatable cost per kilometer ratio (€2.10/100 km on day tariff, €1.10/100 km on night tariff).
Pure speed. Really very pure.
The Imperia Automobiles offer is radical: a vehicle whose consumption and CO2 emissions are comparable to those of a Smart ForTwo, whilst still guaranteeing outstanding performance easily rivalling makes with an established reputation, like Ferrari or Porsche.
Imperia Automobiles manages to square the circle in two ways. By designing a very lightweight vehicle on the one hand, and by harmoniously combining in parallel the two motorisations, thermal and electric, on the other.
The design minimises well-to-wheel nuisances. Consequently, the Imperia GP roadster emits very little CO2 overall (and even zero direct emissions in electric mode), and thereby plays an effective part in fighting global warming. For a mixed urban (electric) and extra urban (hybrid) use, the average CO2 emissions barely reach 87 g/km.
Performances that make other sports cars green with envy.
Sports performances are not being left behind.
The Imperia GP accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds in purely electric mode, and in 4.8 seconds in hybrid mode. The kilometre time trial clocks in at 22 seconds. The Porsche 911 Carrera S itself cannot boast as much. Specialists will appreciate it.
The success of resurrected cars like the New Beetle, the Mini, or more recently, the commercial triumph of the new-look Fiat 500, bear witness to this: Neo-Retro Design is definitely in fashion. In addition to the aesthetic pleasure afforded by the lines, which stand out from the current standards commonplace in today’s vehicles, you can also detect nostalgia for a time when the car was still a magical object, the vector of a rediscovered freedom.
With wings separate from the engine hood and its fluid lines, 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. Its vertical radiator grille is a fine example of this. Although it might suggest an aerodynamic weakness, it houses a mobile inlet device that regulates the flow of air into the vehicle.
This characteristic gives it a better penetration ratio than many contemporary cars.
The design of the Imperia results from a close collaboration between Green Propulsion and the designer Denis Stevens.
Sensual pleasure without luxury. Or with.
The sporty character of the Imperia GP is also reflected in its deliberately austere interior. Amateurs and those nostalgic for purely sports driving will discover a level of pleasure that sometimes seems lessened by the different electronic “support” systems that more ordinary vehicles are filled with.
On board the Imperia GP, the driver becomes the pilot again. These devices are available, however, as several option packs.
Imperia. It’s in the blood.
Between 1900 and 1950, Imperia wrote one of the finest pages in the history of the Belgian automotive industry. The brand experienced both commercial and sporting success. Its flattering sales were accompanied by convincing success in different international competitions on road or circuit. Its connection with Minerva, another Belgian make, also enabled it to occupy the prestige cars niche with models that were the benchmark of elegance and distinction.
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