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Prodrive P25 is a modern Subaru 22B with lots of carbon, costs £460k

In the world of Subaru and podium rallying, few cars spark the excitement of enthusiasts like the Impreza 22B from the late 1990s. Only 424 were built, but Prodrive rekindled the passion for the rare rally car on the road with the announcement of the P25 in May. Now we’ve got images and more information to share about this 22B reboot, including a not-insignificant price tag of £460,000 in the UK.

Every P25 starts with an original two-door Subaru Impreza chassis. From there, Prodrive basically creates the mother of all 22B restomods, starting with a hefty infusion of carbon. Virtually every exterior body panel is a carbon composite, including the large WRC rear wing. Inside, you’ll find more carbon in the door panels, and optional lightweight seats provide even more weight savings. Prodrive doesn’t offer a specific figure, but the P25 checks in at under 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds) thanks to its carbon diet.

Aside from the weight reduction, the P25 gets a very modern Subaru powertrain that starts with a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer. Prodrive upgrades the engine with sturdier internals, then adds an upgraded turbocharger to generate over 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). It is connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters, and naturally it powers all four wheels. Prodrive actually adds a WRC-esque launch control system, and when it all comes together, the P25 can hit 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.

The 1770mm (69.7-inch) widebody stance of the 22B is retained with the P25, but you’ll find an upgraded McPherson strut suspension with adjustable dampers. Springs and anti-roll bars are optimized for carving turns on asphalt, and larger brakes keep speed in check. Six-piston front calipers grip 15-inch rotors, mounted behind 19-inch Prodrive wheels.

We are only treated to three exterior images of the P25, but Prodrive describes the interior as authentic late 90s Impreza feel, albeit infused with leather, alcantara and carbon. The dashboard features a full-width, high-definition display with a data logger and various riding modes for street or track use. Prodrive will offer the P25 in a four-seat configuration, although the company will remove the rear seat in lieu of a partial roll cage for buyers interested in such activity.

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Speaking of buyers, there are only 25 of them for sale and as we said, the price is not cheap. It starts at £460,000, and that does not include value added tax (VAT), which is currently 20 per cent for the UK. That works out to over $560,000, though it’s unclear whether Prodrive will sell P25s to buyers in the United States. We’ll all get to see it soon, though, as the first development car will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in 2022. First customer deliveries are expected to begin at the end of this year.

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