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Prodrive’s P25 restomod will be a lightweight Subaru Impreza with 400bhp+

25 years on from the first Impreza WRC car, Prodrive is bringing the icon back

Published: 25 May 2022
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Oh yes, today is a very good day. Prodrive has released more details and an initial sketch of its upcoming P25 restomod, and it looks like it could be the ultimate Impreza. The Brit firm certainly knows a thing or two about the iconic Subaru, that’s for sure.

Prodrive ran Subaru’s WRC team between 1990 and 2008, with the Group A Impreza taking over from the Legacy for the 1994 season. The P25 takes its name from the quarter of a century that has passed since the first Impreza built to World Rally Car regulations.

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Prodrive says that the P25 restomod will also take inspiration from the glorious 22B road car, with Peter Stevens – the man who styled the original Impreza WRC – working on an updated design and Prodrive technical director David Lapworth looking after the engineering.

It’ll be “more powerful, lighter and with better handling” than the original 90s icons, with a 2.5-litre flat-four boxer engine making over 400bhp. That’ll be connected to a six speed semi-automatic paddle-shift gearbox and the chassis will use bundles of carbon fibre to keep weight to a minimum. Sounds special, doesn’t it?

“The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of Subarus and highly sought after,” says Prodrive boss David Richards. “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.”

Just 25 examples of the P25 will be built (why couldn’t they have called it the P25,000?) and we’re told it’ll make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.

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Everyone else as excited as we are?

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