Prodrive P25: Subaru Impreza WRX STi Role Restomod

Prodrive P25 as Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reissue
With more than 400 horses at the price of the moon

Prodrive is reviving the Impreza WRX STi B22. In the meantime, some key data regarding the design, technology and price of the new version of the rally is known.

The motorsport specialist Prodrive has used the Subaru Impreza WRX STi in the World Rally Championship for a number of decades. So there is hardly a group better suited to executing a modern interpretation of the classic WRX. And that’s exactly what the Brits are up to: with several teasers, Prodrive announces the P25, which will of course make its debut on the right stage: at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place from 23-26 June this year.


The mapping of the form already indicates what awaits us there. While the “P” stands for Prodrive, the number “25” – as the British have now confirmed – indicates the anniversary. In 1997, exactly 25 years ago, Subaru won its third consecutive manufacturers’ title in the World Rally Championship. This was the first season of the two-door Impreza WRX STi: Prodrive derived Subaru’s first true world rally car (previously built cars of Group A regulations were used) from the 22B STi variant of the Impreza. Both previously published teaser images refer specifically to this generation of racing cars.


New edition with modern technology

Prodrive picks up where it left off in the 1990s with the various special WRX STi series for the British market. However, the Prodrive P25 is not a Restomod conversion or a continuous car, but a new version of a Japanese fan favorite developed from scratch but inspired by the Impreza 22B. So far, motorsport experts have outlined the details only in broad strokes. The chassis was designed by Peter Stevens, who designed the original Impreza WRC for Prodrive. Slips over carbon fiber chassis. Thanks to the lightweight chassis, the P25 should be lighter and more accessible than the original.


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Bring a trailer

It is also significantly more powerful. Where the 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer did its job in the 22B, there is now a 2.5-liter engine—also in the Boxer design. Prodrive promises over 400 horsepower for the P25; The model from the late 1990s had a power of 280 hp and a maximum power of 363 Nm. Instead of a five-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed semi-automatic is used, allowing manual intervention via the paddles in the steering wheel. Incidentally, the overall technical package is also monitored by a Prodrive veteran: David Lapworth was also in charge of the Impreza WRC at the time.


Limited to 25 copies

“We want to make everything that makes this car so special even better using the latest technology,” says David Richards, president of Prodrive, who said he had the idea for the project, according to a statement. Small series of 25 copies to be built at headquarters in Banbury, UK. Prodrive plans to deliver the first car later this year. According to British media, if you want a copy, you have to pay a minimum of £460,000 plus country-specific tax. In Germany, the cost of the Prodive P25 is about 640 thousand euros.


opinion poll

yes. Such an emotional model is missing from the Japanese scale.

No. Nobody needs such outdated models anymore.



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conclusion

After Subaru put itself off a WRX STi with no future, fans should definitely be happy about a revived icon. However, the circle of those who are already allowed to put the new version in the garage remains very exclusive.

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