Confirmed: Prodrive P25 Is A Reimagined 400bhp+ Subaru Impreza 22B On Steroids05/25/2022
Subaru’s long-term motorsport partner Prodrive has confirmed that it is working on a restomod of the iconic Subaru Impreza 22B to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Japanese World Rally Car. The restomod “P25” is big news if you’re as obsessed with the early noughties road-legal rally cars as we are, and it’ll get its debut at June’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Prodrive has confirmed just 25 examples of the new P25 will be built. Prices are yet to be confirmed but, given the costs of other recent restomods, expect costs to be painfully out of reach for us regular folk. The P25 will be more powerful and lighter than the original Impreza 22B, making extensive use of carbon fibre and a 2.5-litre version of the legendary ‘boxer’ flat-four engine found in the original car, producing more than 400bhp. The P25 will use a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle-shift controllers rather than a manual gearbox, potentially disappointing some customers, but amping up its performance even further.
Prodrive chairman David Richards said, “We wanted to enhance everything that made the 22B Impreza so special by applying the very latest technology to create our own modern interpretation of a car that’s established a place in motoring history.”
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The Impreza 22B was a limited-edition road car created by Subaru in 1998 in celebration of its motorsport success, to which Prodrive significantly contributed. The Banbury-based motorsport and engineering firm supported Subaru in the World Rally Championships from 1995 until the team’s withdrawal from the sport in 2008. Prodrive played a pivotal role in Subaru’s three manufacturers’ championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and the three drivers’ championships in 1995, 2001, and 2003.
Overall, Prodrive’s Imprezas won a total of 46 rallies with famed drivers such as Carlos Sainz (Senior), Tommi Mäkinen, Richard Burns, Petter Solberg and, of course, Colin McRae behind the wheel of the iconic blue and gold rally cars. The motorsport firm has also supported Aston Martin, MINI, Renault and Volkswagen in their racing ambitions.
The fearsome rivalry between Mitsubishi’s Lancer and Subaru’s Impreza gave us some of the greatest homologation road cars of all time, from the Lancer Tommi Mäkinen Edition to, of course, the Impreza 22B STI. With hindsight being a powerful thing, it’s clear to see why some of these classic rally-inspired Japanese sports cars are now reaching astonishing prices. Thankfully, Prodrive looks to be paying homage to Subaru’s rich history with this project, and we can’t wait to see the P25 in all its glory at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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