The Subaru Impreza 22B, one of the best-known and most celebrated homologation heroes of all time, will return in the form of a limited-run restomod engineered by Banbury-based Prodrive, the firm behind Subaru’s rallying success.
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Previewed in a sketch, the P25 looks to be nearly identical to the road-going, rally-derived Subaru Impreza 22B of 1997 but is promised to be lighter, more powerful, and better handling. Just 25 will be made.
Power will come from a 400bhp 2.5-litre flat-four engine, which will be paired with a six-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox and housed in a new carbonfibre chassis structure.
It will be revealed 25 years after Prodrive produced its first car built to World Rally Car regulations after the Group A era, the Subaru Impreza WRC97. That car lost the drivers' championship by one point at the hands of Colin McRae but allowed Subaru to take the manufacturers’ championship. Just 16 examples of the road-going equivalent, the 22B, came to the UK – each with bespoke modifications by Prodrive.
“The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of Subarus and highly sought after,” said Prodrive chairman, David Richards.
“We wanted to enhance everything that made that car so special by applying the very latest technology to create our own modern interpretation of a car that’s established a place in motoring history.”
The P25 has been designed by Peter Stevens, who styled the 16 UK-bound variants of the Impreza 22B for Prodrive more than 25 years ago. The engineering of the car has been overseen by Prodrive technical director David Lapworth, who was responsible for the original Impreza WRC.