The Prodrive P25 Is the Ultimate Impreza 22B Tribute

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Photo credit: Prodrive
Photo credit: Prodrive

In 1997, the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team won eight of 14 World Rally Championship events on their way to their third consecutive WRC constructor's title. They celebrated with a legendary wide-body variant of the Impreza WRX, known as the 22B STi. Any one of the 424 examples of the 22B now sell at above $250,000. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Prodrive is modernizing the 22B concept.

Photo credit: Prodrive
Photo credit: Prodrive

This is the Prodrive P25. Borrowing on terminology used by companies like Singer, Prodrive says they have "reimagined what [the 22B] would have been today. Cars will be built from an Impreza WRX chassis, each of which will use a collection of carbon composite exterior pieces to reduce weight down below 2650 lb, a saving of around 100 lb on the listed weight of the original car.

Each P25 will be powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four based on a modern Subaru block. Prodrive has supplied their own internals, creating around 400 hp and 442 lb/ft of torque. Adjustable engine mappings, including anti All of that goes through a paddle-controlled six-speed sequential transmission that comes equipped with a "WRC-style" launch control system through its first three gears.

Photo credit: Prodrive
Photo credit: Prodrive

Power runs to all four wheels through an adjustable active center differential, which feeds into limited-slip differentials on both the front and rear axles. The car has a traditional road-ready electronic parking brake, but enthusiasts will be more interested in the hydraulic handbrake. In true rally-ready style, that lever also automatically disengages the entire rear differential for optimal car control.

Prodrive will make just 25 P25s, each priced at over $560,000. As you may note, that is still a substantial premium on the mid-six figure prices original 22Bs command.

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