Subaru has introduced the all-new 2022 Subaru WRX in the United States, featuring an enhanced design, improved performance, a new variant, as well as new convenience features.
The fifth-generation Subaru WRX is powered by a new 2.4-litre turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine that is paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or new automatic transmission.
Performance specs of the 2022 Subaru WRX
Together, the powertrain package delivers 271 hp at 5,600 rpm, and a broader torque curve with 350 Nm from 2,000-5,200 rpm.
Every WRX is now also equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and Active Torque Vectoring.
The new WRX GT also offers new electronically controlled dampers that can tailor the dynamic performance to the driver’s preferences with Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings.
Engine and automatic transmission operation can be tailored to driver preferences with three different settings for the SI-Drive Performance Management System.
Drive Mode Select
The Drive Mode Select also offers additional options to configure steering feel, damper settings, SI-Drive settings, and more, with up to 430 different customization options.
For additional driver involvement, an 8-speed manual mode can be accessed using steering wheel paddle shifters. An available external transmission fluid cooler improves durability and capability under demanding conditions.
The adoption of the Subaru Global Platform delivers a substantial upgrade in ride and handling performance thanks to increased chassis stiffness and lower centre of gravity height.
The enhanced platform, now with full inner frame construction and increased use of structural adhesives, delivers 28 per cent increase in overall torsional rigidity and a 75 per cent increase in suspension mounting point rigidity.
The rear stabilizer bar, which is mounted directly to the body (vs the sub-frame), now operates more efficiently and contributes to a roll rate reduction when cornering.
And then we have the suspension that is track-tuned for an engaging driving experience. Last but not least, the 2022 Subaru WRX comes fitted with performance tires on 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.
On the exterior, the 2022 WRX has a wide-body design offering an aggressive stance and bold new look.
In front, Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille is partnered with compact LED headlights and a broad front hood scoop to emphasize the wide and low look.
The front fenders are now made of aluminium which reduces the overall vehicle weight by 22 kg.
A black interior with contrast red stitching and carbon fibre pattern accents throughout communicate the performance capabilities of the vehicle.
The car comes with a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated switches for audio, voice recognition, and EyeSight control.
Power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors are standard.
Taking care of infotainment is the Subaru Starlink system, which offers an integrated cockpit experience by allowing the driver to control entertainment and vehicle settings through an 11-inch touchscreen display.
Subaru WRX GT Trim
For 2022, the WRX adds a new top-of-the-line GT trim, featuring electronically controlled dampers, and additional options to configure steering feel, damper settings, SI-Drive settings, and more, with up to 430 different customization options.
Also exclusive to the GT variant are new Recaro seats with 8-way power adjustments. The GT also features exclusive 18-in aluminum alloy wheels in matte gray finish paired with 245/40 R18 performance tires.