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2022 Subaru WRX: New Platform, Bigger Engine, and 271 HP

Sitting between the boxer engine and the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Active Torque Vectoring is your choice of a reworked six-speed manual or a CVT, which Subaru calls a “quick-shifting,” “eight-speed” automatic transmission with paddles. Hm.

And despite a front-end design that could easily pass as a facelift for the outgoing WRX, this 2022 model isn’t
one of those “all-new” models that’s actually a heavily reskinned version of its predecessor. Underpinning all of that freshened bodywork is the Subaru Global Platform that boasts 28 percent better torsional rigidity, suspension mounting point rigidity that’s up 75 percent, and a lower center of gravity while providing a generally better ride and handling. 

(Personally, I’m still waiting on the day an automaker comes out and describes a new performance car chassis as squidgier, higher, and less well-bolted-together than the old one. I may be waiting for a while.)

Like the new BRZ, the WRX’s rear stabilizer bar is now bolted directly to the body instead of the subframe while longer suspension travel allows for better uneven-surface stability and grip. Meanwhile, a new power steering system is said to possess better response, feel, and accuracy partly due to the fact that Subaru has separated the driver’s input shaft from the motor-assist shaft. Aluminum front fenders cut five pounds from the new WRX’s curb weight.

Sitting in the middle of the thoroughly updated interior is a vertically oriented, 11.6-inch touchscreen running Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and flanked by physical volume and tuning knobs as well as buttons for the temperature. New for the 2022 WRX is the introduction of a top GT trim that adds configurable drive settings, electronic dampers (a WRX-first), new Recaro front seats, and 18-inch matte gray wheels. 

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