Prodrive’s to build 25 P25 Subaru Impreza’s

Whilst small sports cars are my main passion for a classic car, there is no doubt that one of the best family cars I have owned was a Subaru Impreza WRX. Capable of carrying a family to the supermarket it was transformed on a quiet road with the turbo’s gulping down fuel. Add to that a world class rallying programme and the Subaru Impreza was an instant classic. So much so that when I came to change my car, the Subaru went into storage. I think it might be time to get it out again.

Now, 25 years since the first Subaru Impreza World Rally Car (WRC) made its winning debut on the stages of the World Rally Championship, the Prodrive P25 recaptures the essence of that very Impreza, while taking inspiration from the 22B arguably the most iconic Impreza.

Modern technology ensures the P25 is more powerful, lighter and with better handling.

This time it will have a 2.5 litre flat four ‘boxer’ engine producing in excess of 400 bhp, a six speed semi-automatic paddle-shift gearbox and, due to extensive use of carbon fibre, a lightweight chassis.

The P25 will be produced in a limited run of just 25 cars, all built at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, UK.

Peter Stevens, who styled the original Impreza WRC for Prodrive, has defined the design, while the engineering of the car has been overseen by Prodrive technical director, David Lapworth, who was responsible for the original Impreza WRC.

The P25 is the idea of Prodrive chairman, David Richards.  He said: “The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of Subarus and highly sought after. We wanted to enhance everything that made that car 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.”

The Prodrive P25 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.  Prodrive is now taking expressions of interest and the first of the 25 cars will be delivered to customers later this year.

The price. Well yet to be announced but our sources suggest a figure in the region of £460 000 plus VAT.

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