Subaru has launched its hardest Impreza yet here at the London motor show; this is the WRX STI 380S Prodrive concept.
Although this long-named, mental 378bhp Impreza is being billed as a concept car, Subaru sources have told Autocar that the hard-edged 380S will become a low-volume model available before the end of the year. It’ll cost a whopping £40k.
This UK-only Impreza is being developed at Prodrive’s facilities in Banbury and Warwickshire, where the chassis dynamics are being honed to deal with the massive power hike. Prodrive will hand-build the engines to order, using new construction techniques to free up the extra grunt. As well as 378bhp (around 60bhp more than Subaru’s World Rally Car), Prodrive is aiming to endow the 380S with around 370lb ft of torque.
Subaru-Prodrive’s finished 380S is likely to look quite different from the subtly altered STI on Subaru’s stand here at Excel. We’re told that the 90mm big-bore twin exhaust pipes will stay, as will the revised front bumper. But the final STI 380S will feature more aggressive wheelarches and haunches to give it a stronger road presence. The finished car will also get 19-inch alloy wheels.