Subaru WRX 22B reborn: Prodrive brings back the wide-body Impreza


The 22B was inspired by the rally vehicle – now, British isles motorsports firm Prodrive is bringing its own Impreza coupe to market.

The most desirable Subaru in history is currently being recreated to rejoice 25 yrs considering the fact that its rally debut.

Prodrive, the motorsports outfit accountable for the legendary Subaru Impreza Entire world Rally Car, has declared it will create a minimal operate of 25 two-door versions, named the P25.

The rally car was unveiled in 1997 and famously driven by Colin McRae, and sooner or later inspired the Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B – a road-heading extensive-entire body coupe with a 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘boxer’ motor and no stereo.

Judging by the sketch of the P25, Prodrive’s edition will be a lot more closely associated to McRae’s vehicle than the 22B, utilizing the wider bolstered guards and bigger horizontal bonnet nostrils of the rally vehicle, alongside with aerodynamic facet mirrors.

The undertaking is also staying overseen by David Lapworth, Prodrive’s technological director who was liable for the unique rally car.

Prodrive says the P25 will be powered by a 2.5-litre turbo flat-four putting out “in excess of” 300kW, powering all 4 wheels by means of a 6-pace semi-computerized gearbox with paddle shifters.

When the 22B tipped the scales at just 1245kg thanks to weight-saving steps like a stereo delete, the P25 is envisioned to be a right welterweight, thanks to the substantial use of carbon-fibre all through the vehicle.

Prodrive hasn’t launched particulars on which Impreza variant underpins the P25, but it’s very likely the business has sourced next-hand Impreza WRX STI Form R coupes from Japan, as with the first planet rally cars.

“The original 22B Impreza is thought of the most iconic of Subarus and very sought after,” Prodrive boss David Richards said.

“We preferred to greatly enhance almost everything that produced that automobile so special by making use of the extremely most current engineering to generate our have modern-day interpretation of a car which is established a area in motoring background.”

When there’s no word on cost, anticipate the P25 to be providing second-hand 22Bs a run for their income – with some transforming arms for as a lot as substantially as $400,000. Suffice to say, if you have to ask, you possibly can not manage it.

Prodrive will reveal the P25 at the Goodwood Competition of Speed in June, with expressions of curiosity now remaining invited on the firm’s web-site.

Ben Zachariah

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