When the good folks at Prodrive revealed plans to resurrect the Subaru Impreza 22B STi, the car internet seemed to greet the news with a vague mix of keen interest and exhaustion. Interest because who wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of a modern interpretation of the baddest Impreza ever made? (It will always be an Impreza first for me damn WRX.) Exhaustion because high dollar restomods are not exactly rare these days, and coupled with the stratospheric rise in second-hand prices for ’90s JDM heroes, the entire project had the hallmarks of a no man’s paradise.
So sure, let’s remove that from the path right at the jump. The Prodrive P25 will cost £460,000 or $564,765, prior to tax. When our collective nausea subsides, we can move on to the rest of the details.
Better? Nope? Neither do I. Regardless, Prodrive really relies on donated Impreza WRX two-doors to give their lives for this cause. From there, carbon composite panels replace the original “trunk, hood, roof, sills, door mirrors, front and rear quarters, and bumpers” to reduce the car’s weight to approximately 2,650 pounds, while Prodrive works its magic on Subaru. current 2.5-litre flat-four to squeeze out a total of 400 horsepower and 442 pound-feet.
A six-speed sequential gearbox replaces the five-speed manual on the original 22B, perhaps the car’s most controversial change. The addition of a WRC-style hydraulic handbrake, which decouples the rear wheels from the center differential to promote forceful oversteer acts, will be less divisive.
Launch control and an anti-lag system for the turbocharger get the P25 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. More details on all of the above and the stream below, courtesy of Prodrive official press release:
The engine is based on Subaru’s latest 2.5-litre cylinder block, but has been totally redesigned by the Prodrive powertrain team with bespoke internals, including new cylinder liners, pistons, connecting rods and a drive train. valves with variable cam timing. There is a Garrett motorsport turbo with a performance intercooler and airbox and a titanium and stainless steel Akrapovic racing exhaust system.
The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with helical-cut gears and semi-automatic shifting via a paddle on the steering column, providing precise gear changes in 80 milliseconds. The car has a WRC-style launch control system, which combines throttle and fly-by-wire clutch in the floor-mounted pedal box to automatically bring the car into first, second and third gear to achieve acceleration. optimum from standstill without any driver. intervention.
Power is delivered to all four wheels through a drivetrain that features an adjustable active center differential and front and rear limited-slip differentials. The McPherson strut suspension has been retained, but with machined aluminum stanchions that can be adjusted for camber and geometry optimized for the wider track. The Bilstein shock absorbers are adjustable for compression and rebound, while the springs and stabilizer bars optimize handling on asphalt.
As for the interior, the extensive use of Alcantara, carbon and leather set it apart from a regular model. GM chassis Impreza of its day, while a “full-width high-definition multipage display” was added to the dashboard, allowing drivers to log data and set the engine on different performance maps. I’d love to see a picture of how that screen was integrated, but Prodrive hasn’t provided one yet!
From the outside, the P25 basically looks like either a reimagined 22B or, and I’m sure Prodrive would prefer this association, a road-going version of one of the company’s WRC-spec rally cars it produced for Subaru in the later years. 90 The 1995 car that won Colin McRae his only drivers’ title and the Japanese automaker one of its three constructors’ championships bore no resemblance to the P25, lacking the flared fenders, deep front wing and prominent rear wing what we see here
It’s all very nice, mainly because Prodrive’s Peter Stevens didn’t care at all about the look of the original. The slim WRC-style side mirrors and huge 12-spoke tarmac rally-style wheels are race-derived touches that certainly get the message across. If I’m picky, using blue-tinted LEDs in headlights is philosophically untenable for me, but hey, you can always change them. And if you can afford one of these, you can probably afford the yellow lights.
Keep an eye out for the P25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, before deliveries of all 25 cars begin later in 2022.