When Fountains of Wayne sings about their ’92 Subaruwe’re sure it’s a satire of musicians bragging about Maybachs and Rolls Royce. But now, 30 years later Impreza launched, some first-generation examples are as valuable as those buzzy brands. From never-before-sold versions in the US like the 22B to old WRC race cars, top-of-the-line Imprezas have all sold for less than six figures.
So it’s clearly the right time for $564,000 Impreza WRX resting in the veins of a Singer Porsche or one of these V12 E-Type Jags 400 hp. But on reflex, “Half a million dollars for a Subaru!? “will fall short. Prodrive P25 comes from a company known for their engineering and ingenuity. Ultimately, Prodrive helped build Imprezas into WRC championship cars in first place, not to mention created other legends like the Paris-Dakar Rally Raid 959 for Porsche and Bastos E30 M3 rally car for BMW car.
Each Prodrive P25 starts life as a 2-door Impreza WRX. However, under the iconic blue paint, all the main body panels – hood, body, roof, door sills, fenders, rear panels, bumpers, wings and mirrors – are made from carbon composites, resulting in a weight of just 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs).
Under the hood, Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer makes 400 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Between the new airbox and Akrapovič titanium and stainless steel exhaust pipes are an upgraded intercooler, Garrett turbocharger and built-in internals including new cylinders, pistons, connecting rods and system. valve system with variable cam timing.
Instead of the classic 5-speed transmission, the P25 uses a 6-speed semi-automatic manual transmission with a helical-cut gear that can change gears in just 80 milliseconds, according to Prodrive. They also added a WRC-style starter control, a floor-mounted pedal box. and anti-lag, returns a time of 0-62 in under 3.5 seconds.
The AWD system now features an active center differential with a limited-slip differential between both sets of wheels. New aluminum struts with 2-way adjustable Bilstein dampers and camber adjustment plates make up the suspension. Bring 19 inch gray wheel and Bridgestone Potenzas 235/35/19 stop is a 15-inch ventilated disc combined with 6-piston brake calipers. The rear has a 14.8-inch ventilated disc with 4-pot handles.
Prodrive says the interior recreates the aura of a late 1990s Impreza, but upgraded with leather, alcantara and transparent carbon. Buyers have the option of a rear seat or a partial safety cage to complement the racing front trunk.
“The iconic blue Subarus bring back memories of an extraordinary era for WRC, and it was the Impreza 22B that brought this race car’s performance on the road. very little else would have matched. with its performance on the open road,” Prodrive driver David Richards said in a release, “I therefore believe we have achieved our vision of creating a solution. My own modern favorite on the most iconic Subaru Impreza when.”
Prodrive will only be produced in 25 units, although the P25 name comes from the number of years since Subaru won three consecutive WRC titles from 1995-97. In any case, it’s not much. So, if you want to rip off the show from a true racetrack tech shop with the secret look of a humble ’90s Subaru, this is the ticket for you. Just add, as the Wayne song says, a Greenpeace sticker on the back.