The Opera. The IMP. The 5th generation.
The Opera has been IMPs flagship ever since it's launch in 1977. It has been a perfect ambassador for our core values of unsurpassed quality, durability and top-Tier Engineering paired with calm and timeless design. The 5th generation, launched in 2015 was predetermined to continue these values into the current automotive climate.
The aluminium chassis was retained from the 4th generation, but the rounded lines have been replaced by a more classically proportioned body.
It is very noteworthy that the body panels are Made entirely from carbon fibre and other compound materials, one of the first mass produced cars to do so. The CF-Hybrid body technology has since trickeled down to many of the recently revamped lower-tier IMP vehicles, most notably the 2017 Impakt, the 2017 GS and the 2016 Monolith M-X.
On the engine front, the big change has been the partial discontinuation of V8 engines in favour of a resurgence of IMPs classic straight six engine. The RL48 and RL54 have been removed from the Opera lineup, the latter being replaced by a twin-turbocharged variant of our legendary 3.8L I6, the HG-38FET with 510hp, while the 4.8L V8 was indirectly superseded by the naturally aspirated HG-38LE with 345hp and the 410hp variant of our 4.25L Turbodiesel I6. The entry-Level petrol engine remains a 3.0L I6 with 265hp, and above the 3.8L Turbo resides the familiar 5.8L VL-58G V8 with 575hp, only available in the sporty Opera S1. The de-facto flagship model is the Opera Velocitas introduced at the 2016 Automation Paris Autoshow with a 6.4L Twin-Turbo V8. IMP deliberately withheld any power figures for this model as to not cause any HP wars between any of our competitors. The Diesel engines have been completely renewed, with the 3.4L I6 being the entry level engine, and three Power levels of the 4.25L I6, 310hp, 365hp, and 410hp in the 2017 Opera 425SD.
On the transmission front the 6-speed automatic has been replaced by the 8-speed 845AE-L and 885AE-L transmissions. The Velocitas and the 425SD use a special Version of this transmission rated for higher torque, the 885AE-K.
A surprise for many people was the reintroduction of a new 7-speed manual transmission across the range in 2017, the new 710M is a pet project of IMPs chief of Engineering Fritz Heinemann, who is an accomplished car enthusiast and rally driver, being one of the drivers in IMPs legendary 1980s Paris-Dakar operation. The Velocitas is not available with this transmission.
There are three trim levels available, the Opera Standard, the Opera Super which is effectively fully loaded and the Opera Econom, only available on the 3.4L Diesel and optimized for Maximum efficiency. The Econom does achieve a record fuel economy for non-hybrid luxury cars with 4,8L per 100km or 49mpg US.
One major announcement came with the heavily modified 2018 IMP L8, which uses a long Stroke Version of the 5.8L V8. It has been completely reworked for absolute luxury with different body panels, 30cm of additional wheelbase and an all-new Hand made interior.