The 2022 Subaru WRX Is Going to Knock Your Socks Off (and Yes, There’s a Manual)

It’s been a while since Subaru gave the people a new WRX, but the new 2022 Subaru WRX is hitting the market. “The rally legend for the next generation,” and people hoped that was the case. The 2022 WRX is here and appears to check all of the boxes.

The new 2022 Subaru WRX is living up to its name

The new 2022 Subaru WRX
The new 2022 Subaru WRX | Subaru

The last time the WRX got a redesign was back in 2014, and fans have been asking for a new version ever since. The fifth-generation WRX is finally here with new flared fenders, a “menacing” front grill, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. In the press release, Subaru calls the new suspension “razor-sharp” and says the handling is upgraded and re-tuned. It has a stiffer chassis and high-performance tires to go along with that.

Subaru also added a new D-Shaped steering wheel for comfortable, high-performance driving. Subaru says this offers an almost instant response from the 13.5:1-ratio dual-pinion steering. That’s excellent news for those who want to put the WRX to the test immediately. Subaru will offer the 2022 WRX in Solar Orange Pearl or Magitite Gray Metallic, but it looks like blue is on the way.

The 2022 Subaru WRX is getting a manual transmission

The 2022 Subaru WRX is also getting a GT trim, which will offer electronically adjustable dampers, allowing for driver-controlled damping. Subaru says that the WRX has retained its value better over the years than any other vehicle in its class for over seven years now. Plus, Kelly Blue Book has named the WRX a four-time Best Performance Brand winner.

The new WRX offers the latest 2.4L turbo Subaru Boxer engine with 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It will provide an eight-speed manual mode with paddle shifting and a performance mode. The Subaru Performance Transmission offers automatic downshift blipping control with 30% faster upshifts and 50% faster downshifts.

Plus, the 2022 WRX will offer a six-speed manual transmission. The quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission will come with a short-throw shifter for added fun in a true WRX way. This is a huge benefit for potential buyers as manual transmissions are slowly pushed out of popularity.

There will be a GT trim and a Limited trim

2022 Subaru WRX | Subaru

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Subaru will build the new WRX on the new Subaru Global Platform like the new lineup. This means it will use high-strength steel for longer-lasting quality and up to 30% higher stiffness. The steel also helps keep the cabin quiet. The 2022 Subaru WRX is equipped with all of the brand’s newest safety technology as well. EyeSight Driver Assist will come on the Limited and GT models with the Performance Transmission.

Automatic Emergency Steering is new for 2022 and can help steer the car away from an accident if an obstacle is in its path. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering is included and can help with steering, braking, and throttle control. Overall, it seems Subaru put a lot of thought into the new WRX. Will people jump on the opportunity to get in a 2022 WRX? Survey says: yes.

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