Though we knew the P25 was coming, and that it will appear to be a two-door Impreza and be very highly effective and costly, we’ll admit to being shocked by the tip end result. Granted, we haven’t seen it within the flesh but – the covers come off on the Pageant of Pace this Thursday – however there can absolutely be no argument that the P25 seems to be the enterprise. Having launched the unique WRC Impreza 25 years in the past, Prodrive says it has ‘reimagined what this automobile would have been in the present day’. Good job, guys.
And naturally it will get higher. These tweaked physique panels? Carbon composite, the lot. Boot, bonnet, roof, sills, door mirrors, entrance and rear quarters, WRC-style rear wing and bumpers. Peter Stevens, who designed the WRC model again within the day is answerable for the brand new look (these rear arches alone are making us come over all humorous) and Prodrive experience in placing all of it again collectively once more means the P25 weighs much less 1,200kg, regardless of retaining a WRX’s metal monocoque.
Into this up to date, light-weight combine the agency has inserted Subaru’s newest 2.5-liter flat-four, albeit completely re-engineered with bespoke inner parts, together with new cylinder liners, pistons, con rods, and a valve practice with variable cam timing. Oh and there’s a Garrett motorsport turbo too with an uprated intercooler and airbox, plus an Akrapovic titanium and chrome steel racing exhaust system. All advised it places out 400hp and 443lb ft of torque, and we’ll go proper forward and say the P25 most likely sounds nearly as good because it seems to be.
Additionally it is going to significantly go. Prodrive reckons 62mph will come up in lower than 3.5 seconds, partly because of a six-speed sequential ‘field with helical minimize gears, but additionally as a result of it will get a WRC-style launch management system that mixes the fly-by-wire throttle and clutch within the ground mounted pedal field to mechanically take the automobile by first, second and third gear. Simply think about that away from the lights.
The ability goes to all 4 wheels through an adjustable lively heart differential and limited-slip diffs entrance and rear (which provides you some concept of how the P25 goes to deal with). Prodrive has retained the McPherson struts, however says it has used machined aluminum uprights that may be tuned for the optimum geometry of the automobile’s wider 1770mm observe. New Bilstein dampers are adjustable for compression and rebound whereas the springs and anti-roll bars are apparently optimized for tarmac dealing with. You additionally get AP Racing brakes and beautiful 19-inch Prodrive rims.
We’ve not seen inside but, though the dashboard is alleged to function a full-width high-definition multi-page show together with a knowledge logger, and there may be the choice of a ‘partial’ security cage and racing seats. Clearly the agency is anticipating homeowners to take the automobile on circuit (you’d should, proper?) And has catered to the observe day use with ‘numerous throttle response and engine efficiency maps, together with anti-lag adjustment.’ And for those who’re considering “Lordy”, there may be additionally a WRC-style ‘fly-off’ hydraulic handbrake, which mechanically disengages the middle differential to take away drive to the rear wheels. Which implies the P25 is custom-made to accommodate all kinds of silliness.
This can be a good factor as a result of, predictably, the P25 doesn’t come low-cost. For one factor there may be solely ever going to be 25 of them (obvs) and for an additional – if the outline above did not sign it for you – it is about as near a rally automobile for the highway as you are ever going to get. Accordingly, Prodrive goes to cost £ 460,000 plus VAT for every instance. Large cash, positive – but when these do not disappear off the Banbury cabinets like sizzling desserts, we’ll eat our PH-branded hats. Actually, with Goodwood imminent and runs up the hill within the scheduled automobile growth, we anticipate them to be all passed by the tip of the week.
David Richards, Prodrive chairman, mentioned: “The enduring blue Subarus convey again reminiscences of a unprecedented period of the WRC and it was the Impreza 22B that introduced this rally automobile efficiency to the highway. By reimagining this automobile utilizing the newest applied sciences and supplies the Prodrive P25 pays homage to its roots and there might be little else in a position to match its efficiency on the open highway. I subsequently consider we have now achieved our imaginative and prescient of making our personal fashionable interpretation of probably the most iconic Subaru Impreza ever. ” Deliveries to the fortunate few are attributable to start later this yr.