• May 13th 2010 at 7:28AM
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Subaru Impreza P1 10th Anniversary Gathering – Click above for high-res image gallery

Looking back, the year 2000 was a pretty special time. The world had survived the Y2K fiasco with nary a scratch... other than having a pile of soon-to-be obsolete VCRs that were suddenly even more difficult to program than they had been before. On this side of the pond, it looked as if the human race was fresh with optimism, and 9/11 was still nothing more than what you called when the garage caught fire. Or was that just us? But for the UK, 2000 was special for an entirely different reason. It was the year Subaru brought the infamous Impreza P1 to the empire.

Conservatively described as one of the best production Impreza models ever sold, the car was built by Prodrive in the image of the already legendary rally racers beating up on the WRC at the time. With 280 horsepower pushing a mere 2,850 pounds via Subaru's all-wheel drive wizardry, it boasted STI performance when the company's performance arm was still a twinkle in the Fuji Heavy Industries eye.

Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the car, and as such, 100 Imperza P1s descended on the Prodrive headquarters in Branbury to mark the occasion. In addition, another 300 Scoobies and 1,000 fans of both Subaru and Prodrive showed up to participate. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Prodrive]
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100 Impreza P1s descended on Prodrive at Banbury today, Sunday 9 May, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the car, which hit Britain's roads in 2000.

A further 300 Subaru Imprezas and 1000 fans also joined in the commemorative event.

The car was one of the most iconic in a range of limited edition Subaru Imprezas which were produced by Prodrive during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was also the only road car to bear the Prodrive name.

The car was unveiled by England's only World Rally Champion, the late Richard Burns, at the UK motorshow in 1999, but went on sale in 2000. Only a 1000 were produced, all in the same unique blue colour. The car was based on two door Japanese specification Impreza, but had significant modifications engineered by Prodrive to the suspension, drivetrain, trim and aerodynamics to make it one of the best point-to-point cars on British roads.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Bet it was a fun event.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that vanity plate saying what I *think* it's saying?

      "I've got a P1, so %@#& YOU!" :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh the P1. It is the car that truly made me fall in love with Scoobys and boxer engines (liquid cooled, with 4 cyl and a turbo that is). I still remember driving that car for the first time. It was such a raw driving experience and so unique to a small Japanese sedan at the time.

      Driving that car ended up costing me a lot of money in the long run. It started with a world wide search for a P1, which netted me results that only indicated that nobody with a P1 would part with it. Then there was the search for a 22B which netted the same results. All of this small blue body love has now put me on the expensive path of converting a 2.5RS into a 22B and then swapping in a new EJ25 (can anyone say electrical nightmare?).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally worth it, IMO. Nothing more raw than a 2400 lb AWD car with 300+ hp.

        I actually looked for a 2.5 RS coupe to do the same thing, and recently encountered the same results you did with the P1 and 22B. Seriously, imprezas from the 90s (in mint condition) cost more than WRXs made in 2002-2005. Ended up settling with an '05 WRX w/ hybrid EJ255 and a VF34. Ended up being much cheaper, but the car weighs about 500 lbs more than an RS. And that's still with the 5MT- which will surely break if I decide to add more power.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how there are a lot of personalised plates (vanity plates).

      God forbid there'd be a large number of Subaru drivers more concerned with image than their cars abilities....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sexy cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Infamous? Not trying to assume what the author is attempting to convey, but infamous does not mean exceedingly famous.

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