Despite the fact that we knew the P25 was coming, and that it will seem like a two-door Impreza and be very highly effective and costly, we’ll admit to being stunned by the tip end result. Granted, we haven’t seen it within the flesh but – the covers come off on the Competition of Pace this Thursday – however there can absolutely be no argument that the P25 appears the enterprise. Having launched the unique WRC Impreza 25 years in the past, Prodrive says it has ‘reimagined what this automotive would have been at the moment’. 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 chargeable 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 inside elements, 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 will go proper forward and say the P25 most likely sounds pretty much as good because it appears.
It is usually 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 reduce 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 routinely take the automotive via first, second and third gear. Simply think about that away from the lights.
The facility goes to all 4 wheels by way of an adjustable energetic middle differential and limited-slip diffs entrance and rear (which provides you some thought 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 automotive’s wider 1770mm monitor. 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 lovely 19-inch Prodrive rims.
We have not seen inside but, though the dashboard is claimed to function a full-width high-definition multi-page show together with a knowledge logger, and there’s the choice of a ‘partial’ security cage and racing seats. Clearly the agency is anticipating house owners to take the automotive on circuit (you’d should, proper?) And has catered to the monitor day use with ‘varied throttle response and engine efficiency maps, together with anti-lag adjustment.’ And in the event you’re considering “Lordy”, there’s additionally a WRC-style ‘fly-off’ hydraulic handbrake, which routinely 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’s 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 automotive for the street as you are ever going to get. Accordingly, Prodrive goes to cost £ 460,000 plus VAT for each instance. Large cash, certain – but when these do not disappear off the Banbury cabinets like scorching truffles, we’ll eat our PH-branded hats. Actually, with Goodwood imminent and runs up the hill within the scheduled automotive growth, we count on them to be all passed by the tip of the week.
David Richards, Prodrive chairman, stated: “The enduring blue Subarus deliver again reminiscences of a rare period of the WRC and it was the Impreza 22B that introduced this rally automotive efficiency to the street. By reimagining this automotive utilizing the most recent applied sciences and supplies the Prodrive P25 pays homage to its roots and there will probably be little else in a position to match its efficiency on the open street. I due to this fact imagine we have now achieved our imaginative and prescient of making our personal trendy interpretation of essentially the most iconic Subaru Impreza ever. ” Deliveries to the fortunate few are on account of start later this yr.