2022 Subaru WRX in RI


For nearly 20 years, the Subaru WRX has been a rally car icon, and for model year 2022, this sporty legend has been redesigned from the wheels up. The fifth-generation WRX will showcase a medley of noteworthy upgrades, like a sharper design, better multimedia and safety technology, and enhanced performance courtesy of the new turbocharged BOXER engine and retuned suspension. Not only that, but the boundary-pushing GT trim level also makes its debut. While Subaru’s engineers have taken painstaking measures to ensure that the all-new WRX retains its signature appeal, they met their objective of making this the best WRX to date. Let’s delve in to the details.

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Heightened Performance

The redesigned 2022 WRX has been given an entirely new powerplant in the form of a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder BOXER that produces 271 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s matched to the transmission that the true driving enthusiast craves: a standard six-speed manual transmission. A new Subaru Performance Transmission will be available as well, for those who want both the convenience of an automatic gearbox and the engaging paddle shifting of an eight-speed manu-matic. The ’22 WRX will come with the automaker’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for optimal traction on a variety of surfaces. For enhanced handling and ride comfort, this next-gen WRX has been built on the Subaru Global Platform, marked by increased chassis stiffness and a lower center of gravity. To top it off, the ’22 WRX’s track-tuned suspension provides impeccable handling and cornering, plus prime steering balance thanks to its upgraded dampers and stiffer chassis. Subaru will deliver every WRX with summer performance tires for the ultimate ride.

Reimagined Design and Interior

This 2022 version has that unmistakable WRX look, but with a wider body design that lends a more aggressive stance that fits with its overall bolder appearance. The front view showcases Subaru’s signature hexagonal compact LED headlights and an aggressive front hood scoop. The side shows off distinctive lines, and the front fenders are now crafted from aluminum, reducing the vehicle’s overall weight by 5 pounds. In the rear, there’s an integrated low-profile spoiler, and the taillights give off a sinister glow that resembles volcanic magma.

There’s no denying the fact that the 2022 Subaru WRX’s cabin is stunning. Its black upholstery contrasts beautifully with the red stitching and carbon-fiber pattern accents, all of which contribute to the car’s distinctly athletic appearance. What’s more, the ’22 WRX gets a brand-new flat-bottomed steering wheel that’s wrapped in leather that’s a pleasure to grip.

At the forefront of the WRX’s technology overhaul is a standard STARLINK Multimedia infotainment system, which now gets a tablet-style 11.6-inch touchscreen. In the higher trims, this multimedia setup will include integrated navigation and voice recognition. Music lovers will also no doubt appreciate the available 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Safety and Technology

Every ’22 WRX with the Subaru Performance Transmission will come with the automaker’s upgraded EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which has been expanded to include advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The lane departure prevention technology has been improved as well for added responsiveness, and the newly available automatic emergency steering system works with the pre-collision braking system to help prevent collisions at speeds below 50 mph.

Showstopping GT Variant

A new top-end GT trim level has been added to the WRX lineup for 2022, and it will take the meaning of performance to a whole new level. Some of its highlight attributes are additional Drive Mode Select options and electronically adjustable dampers that allow the operator to instantly personalize their WRX experience. What’s more, the GT will get exclusive black Recaro sport seats clad in Ultrasuede with red contrast stitching, plus a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a matte gray finish, and the Harman Kardon audio system.