VIDEO: Imperia GP plug-in hybrid retro sports car concept

Reviving long-forgotten automotive brands seems to be all the rage of late, with Zap brining back Detroit Electric and now a Belgian company called Green Propulsion calling up the Imperia marque. Imperia was another Belgian brand that operated in the first half of the last century. The company is working a concept for a new car with styling that harkens back to the original Imperia models. Under the skin, though, this machine is all new. The new Imperia GP is equipped with 174hp 2.0L V-4 combined with a 130hp electric motor. Electrical energy is stored in a 8.2kWh lithium polymer battery. The retro-styled coupe has plug-in capability and can supposedly deliver CO2 emissions of only 87g/km in combined driving. Running on batteries alone, the coupe can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.1 sec. With both the electric motor and engine running that drops to 4.8 sec. It's not known at this point when a running vehicle will be available or how much it will cost but it surely won't come cheap. There's a CGI video after the jump.

[Source: Imperia Auto]

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