As far as modern-day automotive icons go, the Subaru Impreza 22B is way up there with the best of them. Gaining popularity for its exploits in the adrenaline-filled world of the World Rally Championship back in the late 1990s, the 22B now gets a reboot thanks to the folks over at Prodrive who give us the P25.
Taking its cue from a first-generation Impreza 22B two-door chassis, Prodrive does one better and builds the car’s exterior using a large amount of carbon composite materials to help save weight. More carbon can be found on the inside, with bits like the seats and door cards making use of the stuff.
Underneath all that carbon throbs a new 2.5-liter flat-4 that puts out more than 400bhp, thanks in no small part to beefier internals and an upgraded turbo. It is mated to a 6-speed sequential tranny that drives all four wheels. It is, after all, still a Subaru.
The potent powerplant, mixed with WRC-style Launch Control, allow the P25 to hit 100kmh from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds while an upgraded McPherson strut suspension, sway bars, and adjustable dampers make this mean machine a true canyon carver, says Prodrive. Bigger brakes with six-piston calipers mounted on 15-inch rotors up front help it stop on a proverbial dime.
While this may be a rally-replica, Prodrive has fitted the P25 with leather seats, as well as a large dash display with a data logger and different drive modes to help drivers out on the road or rally stage. And although it’s a four-seater, Prodrive will happily remove the back seat and throw in a roll cage for clients that want to go rallying.
Speaking of clients, Prodrive says that it will only build 25 examples of this 222B reboot at a price of roughly E460,000! Expect to see the Prodrive P25 later this year.