The Subaru WRX has finally returned, this time sitting atop a new platform and with a new engine.
The rally icon is now based on the Subaru Global Platform. Reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness are promised.
But of course, more eager drivers will be more interested in the fact that suspension mounting points have been strengthened, which will work with increased chassis stiffness and a lower center of gravity for more responsive steering and handling.
A NEW HEART
Powering the new Subaru WRX is also a new 2.4-litre boxer engine. The unit offers an output of 271bhp at 5600rpm. It also comes with a broader torque curve, with all 350Nm of torque now available from 2000rpm to 5200rpm.
The larger displacement is paired with an electronically controlled wastegate and air bypass valves for improved responsiveness and acceleration.
NEW TRANSMISSION OPTIONS
Every Subaru WRX is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring.
In the US, the car is offered either with a 6-speed manual, or the Subaru Performance Transmission – a continuously variable transmission – if you opt for the top-of-the-line GT trim.
It’s not all woe though. The CVT is said to offer up to 30% faster upshifts and 50% faster downshifts, and it will be able to perform rev-matching downshifts under braking, maintain the ideal ratio through corners, and respond faster on corner exits.
Subaru states that the total ratio coverage range for the CVT has been enlarged. Meanwhile, the “fixed” gear ratios have been revised to improve acceleration and response.
And while you’re pushing the car, you can take heart in knowing that the GT Line Subaru WRX also now sports electronically controlled dampers.
RALLYING IN THE GENES
Said dampers will work with a longer suspension stroke for increased vehicle stability and lateral grip on uneven surfaces. The rear stabiliser bar is also now mounted directly to the body to further reduce body roll when cornering.
And keeping you abreast of what is happening at the wheels is a new dual-pinion electric power steering system. The new system promises quicker response to driver inputs, improved accuracy, and a more natural steering feel.
In the cabin, the 2022 Subaru WRX gets a black interior with contrast red stitching and carbon fiber pattern accents throughout. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel also features here.
A 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment system is being offered as an option here, providing quick access to multimedia, HVAC, and vehicle settings. As is an 11-Speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, which comes with a HK 504W equivalent amplifier.
GT trim models will also have Recaro seats that offer the driver and front passenger increased support for performance driving.
If you’re looking to drive through rougher stuff still, then be sure to catch our review of the Subaru Outback!
Alternatively, if its on-track performance you’re after, there’s also the option to get the new BRZ!