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The Prodrive P25 revealed....

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THE PRODRIVE P25 – A RECREATION OF THE ICONIC BLUE SUBARU IMPREZA

The Prodrive P25 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Thursday 23 June.

It’s 25 years since Prodrive debuted the two door Impreza World Rally Car (WRC), which inspired the Subaru Impreza 22B. Only 424 of these special edition road cars were manufactured and over time it has achieved cult status as the ultimate turbo charged four wheel drive car of its era.

Now 25 years later using the latest technology and materials, Prodrive has reimagined what this car would have been today. Just 25 cars will be produced, each with an original two-door Impreza WRX chassis at its core. This is the very same chassis used in the first Impreza WRC, but now with reduced weight, a more powerful engine and improved vehicle dynamics.

Extensive use of carbon composite means the car weighs less than 1200 kg. The use of the latest 2.5 litre flat four ‘boxer’ engine producing over 400 bhp and 600 Nm of torque, combined with a six speed semi-automatic gearbox, WRC-derived launch control and turbo anti-lag, means the P25 will reach 100kph from rest in under 3.5 seconds.

Weight has been removed from the chassis by manufacturing the boot, bonnet, roof, sills, door mirrors, front and rear quarters, WRC style rear wing and bumpers from carbon composite, while inside there are optional lightweight race seats with carbon door cards and a lithium-ion battery.

The engine is based on Subaru’s latest 2.5 litre cylinder block, but has been totally re-engineered by Prodrive’s powertrain team with bespoke internal components, including new cylinder liners, pistons, con rods, and a valve train with variable cam timing. There is a Garrett motorsport turbo with a high performance intercooler and airbox and an Akrapovic titanium and stainless steel racing exhaust system.

The engine is mated to a six speed sequential gearbox with helical cut gears and semi-automatic shift via a paddle on the steering column, giving precise gear changes in 80 milliseconds. The car has a WRC-style launch control system, which combines the fly-by-wire throttle and clutch in the floor mounted pedal box to automatically take the car through first, second and third gear to achieve the optimal acceleration from standstill without any driver intervention.

Power is delivered to all four wheels via a drivetrain which features an adjustable active centre differential and limited-slip differentials front and rear. McPherson strut suspension has been retained, but with machined aluminium uprights which can be tuned for camber and geometry optimised for the wider 1770mm track. The Bilstein dampers are adjustable for compression and rebound while the springs and anti-roll bars optimise the tarmac handling.

Stopping power is provided by AP Racing brakes with 380mm vented discs and six piston calipers at the front and 350mm vented discs and four piston calipers at the rear with floating bells and multiple pad options. Prodrive 8.5 x 19 rims are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza 235/35/19 tyres which are matched to the dampers.

The driver dashboard is a full width high-definition multi-page display including a data logger. For those wishing to take the car on track the driver can select from various throttle response and engine performance maps, including anti-lag adjustment. There is also a WRC style ‘fly-off’ hydraulic handbrake, which automatically disengages the centre differential to remove drive to the rear wheels. This is in addition to the standard electric park brake.

While Prodrive’s focus has been on the driving experience, the interior has also been upgraded, recreating an authentic late 1990s Impreza interior using a combination of leather, alcantara and carbon trim. The P25 can carry four passengers, but there is also the option to remove the rear seats and have a partial safety cage fitted.

Peter Stevens, who styled the original Impreza WRC in 1997, as well as subsequent Prodrive limited edition Subarus, has restyled a number of features of the P25. Peter has worked alongside the Prodrive engineering team, overseen by technical director, David Lapworth, who was responsible for developing the first Impreza WRC 25 years ago.

David Richards, Prodrive chairman, said: “The iconic blue Subarus bring back memories of an extraordinary era of the WRC and it was the Impreza 22B that brought this rally car performance to the road. By reimagining this car using the latest technologies and materials the Prodrive P25 pays homage to its roots and there will be little else able to match its performance on the open road. I therefore believe we have achieved our vision of creating our own modern interpretation of the most iconic Subaru Impreza ever.”

The first P25 development car will make several runs up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, before embarking on an extensive test and development programme.

The 25 production cars will be built at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, UK with the first being delivered to customers later this year.

The P25 will be UK road registered and priced at £460,000 + VAT.

SPECIFICATION

Engine

2.5 litre 4 cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’
Variable cam timing
Garrett motorsport turbo with anti-lag
Akrapovic racing exhaust with active silencer by-pass
Power >400 bhp
Torque >600 Nm

Chassis & bodyshell

Subaru Impreza WRX steel monocoque
Carbon fibre: Bonnet, boot, front and rear quarters, roof, front & rear bumper
Impreza WRC rear wing
Wide body width – 1770mm

Transmission

4 wheel drive
Six speed X-shift sequential gearbox with helical gears
Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change
AP Racing twin plate clutch
Active and adjustable electronic centre differential
Plated limited slip differentials front and rear

Suspension

MacPherson strut front and rear
Bilstein two-way adjustable dampers
Upright adjustable for toe and camber
Changeable springs and anti-roll bars

Wheels & Brakes

AP Racing
front: 380 mm vented discs, six piston calipers
rear: 350 mm vented discs, four piston calipers
Bridgestone 8.5 x 19 rims
Bridgestone Potenza 235/35/R19 tyres

Interior

Motec widescreen high definition multi-page driver display
Data logging capability
Full electronic power management system
WRC style fly-off hydraulic handbrake
Optional lightweight racing seat
Optional partial safety cage
Lithium-ion lightweight battery
 

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The Prodrive P25 revealed....

Full details below:

THE PRODRIVE P25 – A RECREATION OF THE ICONIC BLUE SUBARU IMPREZA

The Prodrive P25 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Thursday 23 June.

It’s 25 years since Prodrive debuted the two door Impreza World Rally Car (WRC), which inspired the Subaru Impreza 22B. Only 424 of these special edition road cars were manufactured and over time it has achieved cult status as the ultimate turbo charged four wheel drive car of its era.

Now 25 years later using the latest technology and materials, Prodrive has reimagined what this car would have been today. Just 25 cars will be produced, each with an original two-door Impreza WRX chassis at its core. This is the very same chassis used in the first Impreza WRC, but now with reduced weight, a more powerful engine and improved vehicle dynamics.

Extensive use of carbon composite means the car weighs less than 1200 kg. The use of the latest 2.5 litre flat four ‘boxer’ engine producing over 400 bhp and 600 Nm of torque, combined with a six speed semi-automatic gearbox, WRC-derived launch control and turbo anti-lag, means the P25 will reach 100kph from rest in under 3.5 seconds.

Weight has been removed from the chassis by manufacturing the boot, bonnet, roof, sills, door mirrors, front and rear quarters, WRC style rear wing and bumpers from carbon composite, while inside there are optional lightweight race seats with carbon door cards and a lithium-ion battery.

The engine is based on Subaru’s latest 2.5 litre cylinder block, but has been totally re-engineered by Prodrive’s powertrain team with bespoke internal components, including new cylinder liners, pistons, con rods, and a valve train with variable cam timing. There is a Garrett motorsport turbo with a high performance intercooler and airbox and an Akrapovic titanium and stainless steel racing exhaust system.

The engine is mated to a six speed sequential gearbox with helical cut gears and semi-automatic shift via a paddle on the steering column, giving precise gear changes in 80 milliseconds. The car has a WRC-style launch control system, which combines the fly-by-wire throttle and clutch in the floor mounted pedal box to automatically take the car through first, second and third gear to achieve the optimal acceleration from standstill without any driver intervention.

Power is delivered to all four wheels via a drivetrain which features an adjustable active centre differential and limited-slip differentials front and rear. McPherson strut suspension has been retained, but with machined aluminium uprights which can be tuned for camber and geometry optimised for the wider 1770mm track. The Bilstein dampers are adjustable for compression and rebound while the springs and anti-roll bars optimise the tarmac handling.

Stopping power is provided by AP Racing brakes with 380mm vented discs and six piston calipers at the front and 350mm vented discs and four piston calipers at the rear with floating bells and multiple pad options. Prodrive 8.5 x 19 rims are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza 235/35/19 tyres which are matched to the dampers.

The driver dashboard is a full width high-definition multi-page display including a data logger. For those wishing to take the car on track the driver can select from various throttle response and engine performance maps, including anti-lag adjustment. There is also a WRC style ‘fly-off’ hydraulic handbrake, which automatically disengages the centre differential to remove drive to the rear wheels. This is in addition to the standard electric park brake.

While Prodrive’s focus has been on the driving experience, the interior has also been upgraded, recreating an authentic late 1990s Impreza interior using a combination of leather, alcantara and carbon trim. The P25 can carry four passengers, but there is also the option to remove the rear seats and have a partial safety cage fitted.

Peter Stevens, who styled the original Impreza WRC in 1997, as well as subsequent Prodrive limited edition Subarus, has restyled a number of features of the P25. Peter has worked alongside the Prodrive engineering team, overseen by technical director, David Lapworth, who was responsible for developing the first Impreza WRC 25 years ago.

David Richards, Prodrive chairman, said: “The iconic blue Subarus bring back memories of an extraordinary era of the WRC and it was the Impreza 22B that brought this rally car performance to the road. By reimagining this car using the latest technologies and materials the Prodrive P25 pays homage to its roots and there will be little else able to match its performance on the open road. I therefore believe we have achieved our vision of creating our own modern interpretation of the most iconic Subaru Impreza ever.”

The first P25 development car will make several runs up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, before embarking on an extensive test and development programme.

The 25 production cars will be built at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, UK with the first being delivered to customers later this year.

The P25 will be UK road registered and priced at £460,000 + VAT.

SPECIFICATION

Engine

2.5 litre 4 cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’
Variable cam timing
Garrett motorsport turbo with anti-lag
Akrapovic racing exhaust with active silencer by-pass
Power >400 bhp
Torque >600 Nm

Chassis & bodyshell

Subaru Impreza WRX steel monocoque
Carbon fibre: Bonnet, boot, front and rear quarters, roof, front & rear bumper
Impreza WRC rear wing
Wide body width – 1770mm

Transmission

4 wheel drive
Six speed X-shift sequential gearbox with helical gears
Semi-automatic paddle shift gear change
AP Racing twin plate clutch
Active and adjustable electronic centre differential
Plated limited slip differentials front and rear

Suspension

MacPherson strut front and rear
Bilstein two-way adjustable dampers
Upright adjustable for toe and camber
Changeable springs and anti-roll bars

Wheels & Brakes

AP Racing
front: 380 mm vented discs, six piston calipers
rear: 350 mm vented discs, four piston calipers
Bridgestone 8.5 x 19 rims
Bridgestone Potenza 235/35/R19 tyres

Interior

Motec widescreen high definition multi-page driver display
Data logging capability
Full electronic power management system
WRC style fly-off hydraulic handbrake
Optional lightweight racing seat
Optional partial safety cage
Lithium-ion lightweight battery
Based off my favorite suby chassis ever, but $500k? That's a lot of coin... Wish they would have slapped in a built and boosted 3.0L H6 and called it the P30... Hard to beat the sound of wrapping a flat 6 to 8k.. 😍🤤
 

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Based off my favorite suby chassis ever, but $500k? That's a lot of coin... Wish they would have slapped in a built and boosted 3.0L H6 and called it the P30... Hard to beat the sound of wrapping a flat 6 to 8k.. 😍🤤
Yeah, 500k and you get a road legal rally car 🥰

I’m happy with my 98 Impreza Type R, I’ll be keeping this ☺
 

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I have a friend who emailed in to buy one when they first were announced. I know the list is extremely small, but I feel like he has a good shot based on his history with Subarus. For the record, he also already just bought a 22b. He’s supposed to let me take some pictures of it soon, but it’s at a local shop getting a full reconditioning right now.

His collection also includes an 8k mile manual TT mk4 Supra, r33 GT-R Nismo N1, and a few more showroom quality USDM cars like an 05 STI and EVO 8 MR.
 

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Yeah, honestly at 500k why wouldn't you get an actual 22b? BaT saw one go for 400k a few days ago, much better as an "investment" vehicle.

I mean it's dumb money anyways but yeah.
My guess would be because the originals are hard to find but with only 25 of these being made? You are better off getting the original, especially since the P25 is sequential only. Seems like these were made just to make some money and not really for the real enthusiast (no way someone takes one of these rallying). These are just show pieces that can actually walk the walk but won't
 

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My guess would be because the originals are hard to find but with only 25 of these being made? You are better off getting the original, especially since the P25 is sequential only. Seems like these were made just to make some money and not really for the real enthusiast (no way someone takes one of these rallying). These are just show pieces that can actually walk the walk but won't
It’s rally eye candy essentially
 

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My guess would be because the originals are hard to find but with only 25 of these being made? You are better off getting the original, especially since the P25 is sequential only. Seems like these were made just to make some money and not really for the real enthusiast (no way someone takes one of these rallying). These are just show pieces that can actually walk the walk but won't
I'm honestly impressed that they got away with this tbh. It almost feels like a scam with how much they're charging for (what I think is) so little.

The push/pull paddle shifter is admittedly very cool though.
 

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I'm honestly impressed that they got away with this tbh. It almost feels like a scam with how much they're charging for (what I think is) so little.

The push/pull paddle shifter is admittedly very cool though.
Definitely cool to see it instead of the entire sequential shifter
 

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Mercedes already make a modern equivalent it's called the AMG A45S for about a quarter of that price. That's just a car for people with more money than brains but I guess you can always find 25 of them in the world.
 

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Mercedes already make a modern equivalent it's called the AMG A45S for about a quarter of that price. That's just a car for people with more money than brains but I guess you can always find 25 of them in the world.
I agree.. I love the original 22B, by far my favorite suby ever. But $500k is nuts for that car.
 
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