Prodrive P25 is a spectacular homage to the Subaru Impreza WRC car


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

    Nostalgia is an enormously powerful force when it comes to “want-don’t-need” car purchases, and having raised the values ​​of previous classics, it’s now arrived in the 1990s. This seems like the most extreme example yet: the Prodrive P25.

    Yes, it is a Subaru Impreza, albeit substantially modified. Only 25 will be produced for wealthy and rally-loving collectors, each with a six-figure price tag in the UK.


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

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    While Prodrive cites the Impreza 22B as the main influence on the new P25, it seems to owe as much to the slightly later P1, including the fact that the man who designed the body kit for Prodrive’s first road-going Impreza, Peter Stevens, also did. work on this. Beyond the P25’s vastly improved mechanical specs, the biggest difference is price; the Impreza P1 limited to 1,000 originally sold for £26,800 in 2000; which comes out of the inflation calculator as the equivalent of $59,000 in 2022 dollars. The new P25 is being offered for $565,000 at current exchange rates.

    The P25 will be based on an original two-door Impreza chassis, but with the bonnet, boot lid, sills, mirrors, fenders and rally-style spoiler all made of carbon composite. That brings the mass down to less than 2,650 pounds, according to Prodrive, even less than the original WRC rally car. Power comes from a reworked version of Subaru’s familiar turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which gets new cylinder liners, pistons and connecting rods, plus variable valve timing. The boost is provided by a Garrett turbo, and the exhaust is a titanium and stainless steel system from Akrapovič.

    400 horsepower, 442 pound-feet

    Peak power is claimed to be more than 400 horsepower, accompanied by 442 pound-feet of torque, delivered through a paddle-operated six-speed sequential transmission with helical-cut gears and an electronically controlled active center differential. A launch control system is claimed to be capable of bringing the car into first, second and third gear without driver intervention beyond, presumably, holding the accelerator pedal pressed against the bulkhead. Prodrive claims a zero to 62 mph time of under 3.5 seconds. And some more good news for lovers of the distinctive dump produced by the original Impreza rally cars: this one maintains anti-lag, injecting fuel into the turbocharger to keep it spinning without revving.

    The P25 has AP racing brakes with cast-iron discs front and rear, these are held by six- and four-piston calipers, respectively. The interior gets a new digital display with a data logger, and buyers will be able to choose between having four seats or swapping the rear ones for a half roll cage. It also features an electronic hydraulic “fly-off” brake (which disengages the center differential) to ease oversteer and a modern electric parking brake.

    The P25 will make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​this weekend and customer deliveries will begin later this year. Starting with the obvious question: what other rally heroes would you like to see reinterpreted? The Lancia Delta Integrale? Audi Sport Quattro? peugeot 205 t16?

    What about all of them?

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