RE: Subaru Impreza P1 | Spotted

RE: Subaru Impreza P1 | Spotted

Wednesday 31st July

Subaru Impreza P1 | Spotted

Prodrive's rally car for the road defies 82,000 miles with an immaculate appearance inside and out



The rarity of the Subaru WRX STI illustrates just how big of a blow the hot hatch has been to the Impreza’s legacy in Britain. When was the last time you saw one on the road? It’s clear the last generation of Impreza successor has failed to overcome the fight presented by broadly talented, powerful and super fast hatchbacks like the Golf R and AMG A45, and the sales numbers speak for themselves. It’s a shame, because we do love the burbly Japanese saloon, but there’s no denying that those indirect rivals do offer a better all-round ownership experience. Put it this way, we know which one we’d prefer to do a 300-mile motorway journey in.

Early Imprezas don’t have to worry about such a prospect because they’ve long since entered the realms of modern classics. The most cooking variants are even looking like sound investments, evidenced by collectables like the P1 we found last year with fewer than 5,000 miles on its odometer and an asking price of £50k! Today, however, we’ve come across another example that you might actually be able to regularly enjoy; a car which has covered 82,000 miles and is up for £22,995. No bargain, admittedly, but certainly a price which would allow you to use it without guilt.


And use it you should, because the P1 remains to many the ultimate expression of the Impreza in Britain. The swansong Mk1 model, which earned its moniker from the Prodrive One codename, came out in March 2000, in the era when Subaru was fighting for World Rally Championship titles with legends like Richard Burns and Petter Solberg doing the pedalling. The first-gen Subaru was in its final year of competition before the bug eye Mk2 replaced it on the rally stages and roads, so longstanding competition partner Prodrive was commissioned to create 1,000 special versions of the WRX for the Mk1’s adoring UK market.

Power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four was significantly uprated with a new ECU to 280hp at 6,500rpm, while torque was raised to 253lb ft at 4,000rpm. Since this was a generation of Impreza not weighed down by modern safety systems, the engine had only 1,295kg to shift. The results made for savage performance, with 62mph coming in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 – numbers that shamed the cars of an infantile super-hatch segment of the day and would even keep today’s front-running offerings honest.


Prodrive’s best work was done to the P1’s chassis, which was adapted specifically for the UK to offer sweeter performance on a B-road (and, in turn, counter demand for grey JDM imports that had until then represented a large portion of UK Subaru sales). It used the two-door bodyshell that hadn’t been officially sold in Britain to provide better rigidity, helping to maximise the handling benefits of the new damping and lightweight 17-inch wheels. The Impreza P1 got ABS as standard, while the WRX’s Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) was ditched and a quick-shift gear linkage was added. Finish it all in Sonic Blue paint and you had the closest thing to Burns’ rally car for the road.

In fact, Burns was quoted in the original P1 brochure as saying that the car was as "quick in a straight-line as a rally car" and that its turn in was “sharper", which emphasises just how effective a machine this Prodrive creation was. All of which helps to explain why last year’s Spotted was on sale for such an enormous figure. Today, though, it’s refreshing to see that you can still bag a legend of this sort for something not quite in the realms of silly money. Would you use it, knowing what this car represents? It would be such a shame not to…


SPECIFICATION - SUBARU IMPREZA P1

Engine: 1,994cc, flat four
Transmission: five-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 280@ 6500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 253@4000rpm
MPG: 25.2
CO2: 265g/km
First registered: 2000
Recorded mileage: 82,000
Price new: £31,495
Yours for: £22,995

See the full ad here.


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Jazzer

Original Poster:

1,537 posts

148 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I love these P1s, amazing road cars that are way more fun than the assisted, modern, insulated boring things we drive today.

My biggest motoring regret is not getting one of these back in the day, when I decided to jump to the Evo dark side from Scooby World.

Could you really buy this and use it?

What about rust, parts and servicing?

That would be my worry, but my heart screams YES!!

JonnyJustice

215 posts

3 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Absolute beast of a car, phenomenal performance.

I sold mine to Prodrive in Banbury, for their museum I understand.




mrnicko

53 posts

7 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Had a 2001 P1 during my Subaru years and as a member of the SIDC got to drive some incredible miles in it. Even drove the TT course which was closed especially for us. I can say hand on heart it was best handling beast I've ever owned.

soad

30,229 posts

120 months

Wednesday 31st July
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That’s still relatively affordable. Within the reach so to speak. Perfect for the summer months? biggrin

cerb4.5lee

12,172 posts

124 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I've always loved these and the 22B. That looks to be a very nice example.

SweptVolume

371 posts

37 months

Wednesday 31st July
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The "cooking version" of the Impreza is the 2.0 GX or such, not the ruddy P1. Gah! furious

Now I've got that off my chest, did anyone else enjoy the line "Impreza's legacy" - hehe, they're both Subarus...

Edited by SweptVolume on Wednesday 31st July 09:30

Meridius

1,213 posts

96 months

Wednesday 31st July
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P1 has to be the best looking and iconic Impreza this side of the rarely-seen 22b but would echo the other poster in asking, could you really use this? They've now got to the point of clean examples needing a brave owner to treat it any other way than a few times a year collectors piece.

Best way to stick a boot up one of these I suppose would be modifying a turbo 2000 or something up to P1 / STi spec.

Baileyk

35 posts

8 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Hope this ones been remapped for UK fuel, unlike when they were first sold and the engines went pop.

Speed Badger

1,002 posts

61 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I had two of these, boy do I wish I had squirreled these away in a garage! Sadly they had to be sold to fund the next car purchase. Great car but hideous fuel consumption.

The one in the first pics I sold around 5 years ago for £7.5k with 80k miles on the clock, the second one I sold around 7 years ago with 58k on the clock for £9k.










Edited by Speed Badger on Wednesday 31st July 10:09

Guvernator

10,355 posts

109 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I had the import Type R version of this which if anything was even more savage, short ratio gearbox, adjustable diff and even intercooler water spray. Still have fond memories of that car. The adjustable diff meant the usual Subaru tendency to understeer when pushed was all but eliminated making it much more adjustable. A decat meant it was rather loud and it revved to 8250rpm which is almost unheard of for a turbo engine these days.

Fuel consumption was woeful but it didn't matter as when I owned it, fuel was about 70p a litre so you could fill the tank for about £30.

Still a lovely car but not at £23k I'm afraid. They used to be performance bargain, giant slayers and the driving experience can still hold it's own but they are too expensive, parts are becoming harder to come by and fuel consumption in the teens mean there are better modern options for the same price now.

LordHaveMurci

9,788 posts

113 months

Wednesday 31st July
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My local dealer rang me when I owned my standard Turbo 2000 asking if I wanted to test drive their demonstrator, erm yes please!

I was completely upfront that I would never spend £31500 on an Impreza & was just having a jolly but they were happy with that.

All these years later I can still remember how bloody quick it was, completely surprised me when I pulled out to overtake some slow moving traffic & it went past ALL of them without batting an eyelid!

Never been a looker IMHO though, prefer the standard cars looks.


Leins

6,755 posts

92 months

Wednesday 31st July
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P1 article and no mention of Peter Stevens?

sledge68

350 posts

141 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Its in the advert

Leins said:
P1 article and no mention of Peter Stevens?

RB Will

5,728 posts

184 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Mine is far from a collectors item but it does make me smile smile

There are quite a few owners who still daily them. Servicing is no problem. Parts it depends what you need. if its a P1 specific part like the front splitter, suspension, wing then you have to go fingers crossed into forums as Subaru stopped supporting these parts years ago. If its generic impreza parts like a rad, driveshaft, engine bits then its fine.

If memory serves only about half of them are around anymore and only half of them on the road. Some nice ones sat in collections, some being seriously refurbished and some in regular use.


Mine has 98k miles now, used to be my daily but got put on weekend and special occasion duties a few years back when the mods started. Its pretty solid in general but the rust is just starting to come in the usual areas, rear arches, turrets. Will use it hard for another year or 2 and give it some serious loving to be more of a showpiece.

Considering what the car does and that its a permanent awd car I don't consider the fuel economy terrible / woeful. Would get 25-30mpg out of mine standard. Even now modified to 500bhp I had 28mpg out of it on a run to Brands Hatch. Its 18-24 normally but it doesn't really get gentle use. Not so great on track.







kambites

57,215 posts

165 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I thought they were worth more than that.

D.no

335 posts

156 months

Wednesday 31st July
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I bought one of these new from Subaru in Bolton in 2000 instead of the "over-priced" (£28k) 964rs I was also considering (hindsight and all that!).

Fabulous thing for grabbing by the scruff and flinging down a wet B-road. Frighteningly thirsty if you used the performance though- I once drained the tank in less than 100 miles on the way back from Le Mans in 2001.

Feel very fortunate to have experienced the P1, and I cherish the memories. Special car.

PorkRind

2,975 posts

149 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Seems like a mad amount of money ! But i guess theyre rare in good condition. Evo prices are on the rise, too, and i know id rather have the evo to drive !

Guvernator

10,355 posts

109 months

Wednesday 31st July
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kambites said:
I thought they were worth more than that.
You are probably thinking about the 22B which are going for about 3-4 times as much.

C70R

5,203 posts

48 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Guvernator said:
I had the import Type R version of this which if anything was even more savage, short ratio gearbox, adjustable diff and even intercooler water spray. Still have fond memories of that car. The adjustable diff meant the usual Subaru tendency to understeer when pushed was all but eliminated making it much more adjustable. A decat meant it was rather loud and it revved to 8250rpm which is almost unheard of for a turbo engine these days.

Fuel consumption was woeful but it didn't matter as when I owned it, fuel was about 70p a litre so you could fill the tank for about £30.

Still a lovely car but not at £23k I'm afraid. They used to be performance bargain, giant slayers and the driving experience can still hold it's own but they are too expensive, parts are becoming harder to come by and fuel consumption in the teens mean there are better modern options for the same price now.
Indeed.

I like the P1, but I'd be putting £10k away for a rainy day and buying a v4/v5 STi Type R instead.

At £23k I can think of dozens of cars I'd enjoy owning and driving more.

kambites

57,215 posts

165 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Guvernator said:
kambites said:
I thought they were worth more than that.
You are probably thinking about the 22B which are going for about 3-4 times as much.
Ah yes, that'll be it!