If you happen to’re on the lookout for a modern-day Subaru Impreza 22B STI, this would be the closest you may get.
Prodrive, which is the UK-based motorsport agency behind a few of Subaru’s best rally victories, is ready to disclose its retro-looking P25 on the 2022 Goodwood Competition of Pace in June.
Previewed in a sketch, the Prodrive P25 seems to be just about an identical to the rally-derived, two-door 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI, however due to “fashionable expertise”, the motorsport agency claims will probably be extra highly effective, lighter and have higher dealing with.
The identify P25 commemorates 25 years because the first Subaru Impreza World Rally Automotive (WRC) made its successful debut within the World Rally Championship.
Underneath the bonnet might be a 2.5-litre flat-four Boxer engine producing greater than 298kW of energy. It is going to be mated to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle shifters with drive despatched to all 4 wheels.
For context, the unique, road-going Subaru Impreza 22B STI was powered by a 2.2-litre flat-four Boxer engine which produced 206kW and 363Nm. It was mated to a close-ratio five-speed guide transmission with drive despatched to all 4 wheels.
The Prodrive P25 will even apparently have a light-weight chassis with “intensive use of carbon fibre”. It’s unclear if this might be a bespoke platform or a re-engineered model of the prevailing Subaru Impreza WRC platform.
The UK-based motorsport agency will solely produce 25 of those Subaru Impreza 22B-inspired automobiles, at its headquarters in Banbury, UK.
The Prodrive P25 has been designed by Peter Stevens, who designed the unique Subaru Impreza WRC for Prodrive, whereas the engineering has been overseen by Prodrive technical director David Lapworth, who was answerable for engineering of the unique rally automotive.
“The unique 22B Impreza is taken into account essentially the most iconic of Subarus and extremely wanted,” stated Professional chairman David Richards.
“We wished to reinforce every thing that made that automotive so particular by making use of the very newest expertise to create our personal fashionable interpretation of a automotive that’s established a spot in motoring historical past.”
Prodrive is already taking expressions of curiosity for the P25 and the primary of the 25 automobiles might be delivered to prospects later in 2022.
Restricted-production reinterpretations of traditional iconic autos are at the moment on a surge with autos such because the Lancia 037-inspired Kimera Evo37, Jaguar E-Sort-inspired Eagle Lighweight GT and the Porsche 911 by Singer as current examples.
DeLorean can also be gearing as much as reveal its retro-inspired DeLorean EV on Might 31, 2022 earlier than exhibiting it off the 2022 Pebble Seashore Concours d’Class on August 18, 2022.
The Prodrive P25 will sit alongside the Hunter, which is a road-legal model of the model’s Dakar Rally competitor, within the evolving Prodrive lineup.
Early Subaru Impreza WRX STI fashions had been already legends, however they’ve arguably been made extra vital by Subaru’s current resolution to kill the STI model as we all know it.
Subaru says it merely couldn’t make a brand new STI work in in the present day’s context. In different phrases, it wants to chop its general emissions.
“Subaru Company will fast-track their funding in future efficiency applied sciences, in the present day confirming there might be no STI variant for the brand new era Subaru WRX,” stated Subaru Australia.