It has been 25 years since Subaru, with assistance from Prodrive, entered the primary Impreza WRC rally automobile within the World Rally Championship, and to mark the anniversary Prodrive has one thing particular deliberate.
The motorsports and engineering firm goes to construct a contemporary interpretation of the iconic Impreza 22B STI launched by Subaru in 1998 to rejoice the Subaru World Rally Group’s hat trick of World Rally Championship titles between 1995 and 1997.
Prodrive’s automobile will likely be referred to as the P25, and simply 25 examples will likely be constructed, with the primary to be offered on the 2022 Goodwood Competition of Velocity operating June 23-26. Prodrive is presently accepting expressions of curiosity, so presumably there are nonetheless some construct slots accessible. Buyer deliveries begin later this yr.
1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI
The P25 will likely be primarily based on the coupe model of the GC8-generation Impreza of the Nineteen Nineties, and carefully match the design of the 22B. Accountable for the fashionable automobile’s design is Peter Stevens, who styled the unique Impreza WRC. A teaser sketch hints at larger wheels than the 22B and facet mirrors styled like these used on the rally automobile.
Efficiency may also be a serious step up on the 22B, based on Prodrive. The P25 will likely be extra highly effective, lighter and higher dealing with, the corporate stated. Among the efficiency options deliberate for the automobile embrace a contemporary 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 delivering greater than 400 hp, a 6-speed sequential transmission, and carbon-fiber physique components. The 22B featured a 2.2-liter turbocharged flat-4 and 6-speed guide. Whereas it was formally rated at 276 hp, the true output was nearer to 300 hp.
“The unique 22B Impreza is taken into account essentially the most iconic of Subarus and extremely wanted,” David Richards, Prodrive’s chairman, stated in a press release. “We wished to reinforce the whole lot that made that automobile so particular by making use of the very newest expertise to create our personal trendy interpretation of a automobile that’s established a spot in motoring historical past.”