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Prodrive P25 is a stunning tribute to the Subaru Impreza WRC

Prodrive P25 is a stunning tribute to the Subaru Impreza WRC
Written by Jhon

  • The Restomod Subaru Impreza was inspired by the original World Rally Championship car.
  • The Prodrive will produce 400 horsepower and, thanks to its liberal use of carbon fiber, will weigh less than the original WRC Impreza.
  • Prodrive P25 will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this weekend in the UK A limited set of 25 will be sold in the UK, with deliveries later this year.

    Nostalgia is a huge force when it comes to buying a “want, don’t need” car, and having upped the values ​​of the earlier classics, it’s now into the ’90s. This seems to be the most extreme example yet: the Prodrive P25.

    Yes, it’s a Subaru Impreza, although it has been largely reworked. Only 25 will be produced for wealthy and rally-loving collectors, with each set bearing a six-digit price tag in the UK.

    Prodrive

    British motorsport company Prodrive created the original works of the Subaru World Rally Championship in the 1990s and early 2000s. The team’s most famous season came in 1995, when Colin McRae won his only driver’s championship in the four-door Impreza Turbo. In 1997 Prodrive created a faster Impreza to take advantage of new WRC regulations, based on the Impreza’s two-door shell that was only available in Japan. This, in turn, inspired the “wide-body” 22B road car in the Japanese market, as well as the Prodrive-designed Subaru Impreza P1, which was sold in Europe.

    Prodrive Subaru Impreza

    Prodrive

    While Prodrive cites the Impreza 22B as the primary influence of the new P25, it appears to owe the same amount to the slightly newer P1, including the fact that the man who designed the body kit for the first Impreza, Peter Stevens, also did work on these. In addition to the P25’s significantly improved mechanical specs, the biggest difference is the price tag; The Impreza P1 Limited was originally sold to £1,000 for £26,800 in 2000; that arise from an inflation calculator such as Equivalent $59,000 in 2022 dollars. The new P25 is offered for $565,000 at current exchange rates.

    The P25 will be based on the original Impreza’s two-door chassis, but with the hood, trunk lid, sills, mirrors, fenders and a rally-style spoiler, all made of carbon composite. This reduces mass to just under 2,650 pounds, according to Prodrive — even less than the original WRC race car. Power comes from a restyled version of Subaru’s familiar 2.5-liter flat-top turbocharger, which gets new cylinder liners, pistons and conrods as well as variable valve timing. Boost is delivered by a Garrett turbo, and the exhaust is a titanium and stainless steel system by Akrapovič.

    400 hp, 442 lb-ft

    Peak power is claimed to be in excess of 400 horsepower, accompanied by 442 pound-feet of torque, delivered via a six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission with helical cut-off gears and an electronically controlled active center differential. The launch control system is claimed to be able to shift the car into first, second and third gears without any driver intervention beyond, most likely, keeping the throttle tight on the fender. Prodrive claims a zero to 62 mph time of under 3.5 seconds. And some other good news for fans of the original Impreza rally cars’ signature fuse: This maintains lag resistance, and injects fuel into the turbocharger to keep it spinning off the throttle.

    The P25 gets AP racing brakes with cast-iron discs front and rear, gripped by six-pot and four-pot calipers in a row. The interior gets a new digital head-up display with a data logger, and buyers will be able to choose between having four seats or replacing the rear seats with a half-lap cage. It also gets an electro-hydraulic “fly-off” brake (which separates the center differential) to facilitate oversteer and a modern electric parking brake.

    The P25 will make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this weekend, with deliveries to customers to begin later this year. Ask the obvious question: Who are the other rally champions you’d like to see reinterpreted? Delta Lancia Integrale? Audi Sport quattro? Peugeot 205 T16?

    How about all of them?

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