Good news for all Subaru fans: the legendary 22B STI is relaunched as a restomod. In charge of this project is Prodrive – the company that developed and built the successful Subaru rally car in the 1990s. The new edition will be featured during the Goodwood Festival of Speed (23 to 26 June 2022)!
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restomod already has a name: Prodrive P25. The number is not only reminiscent of Subaru’s first WRC win 25 years ago, but also indicative of limitations, as a maximum of 25 P25s must be made in Banbury, England – by hand.
The original was only made 424 times
The design comes from Peter Stevens, who also designed the original WRC car for Prodrive. And Prodrive has published its first rendering: the P25 is almost indistinguishable from the wildly popular Impreza 22B STI.
The most notable difference: while all other Impreza WRX are four-door, the 22B STI is a coupe. Today, the 300 hp 22B STI, made only 424 times, is an absolute collectible, whose highest price is now being paid.
And this is where Prodrive wants to build. Of course, the new edition should not be a one-to-one copy of the original, but should start with modern technology. The P25 is said to be stronger and lighter than the 24-year-old 22B STI.
The four-cylinder boxer engine ensures proper propulsion. Prodrive is looking to get more than 400 hp from the 2.5-liter displacement, and the power transmission will take over the sequential six-speed gearbox. All-wheel drive is a matter of honor.
P25 with more than 400 hp
Due to the extensive use of carbon, the P25 is supposed to be much lighter than the original, which is also light and weighs only 1,270 kilograms. At this point, however, Prodrive doesn’t reveal specific numbers or mileage.
There is also no information on the price. However, it should be clear that the P25 will not come cheap. For comparison: A used Impreza 22B STI is now trading for over 300,000 euros – if a car ever hits the market. AUTO BILD assumes that P25 will be in the same price range.
After all, Prodrive is ready: Following a presentation at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, the first customer vehicles will be delivered in 2022.