By Otsile Kadiege
Subaru officially lifted the veils off the new WRX TR which is the most extreme new WRX money can buy. The TR trim level offers exceptional performance and handling capability thanks to a Brembo braking system, revised suspension, re-tuned steering and updated performance tires. For the first time, EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now standard on a WRX equipped with a manual transmission.
WRX TR exterior design
At the front, Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille is paired with a compact headlight design and broad front hood scoop. Prominent character lines across the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle further empathize the sports sedan’s strength and performance capability. The exterior foldable mirrors and roof-mounted shark fin antenna come in matching body color. The rear deck lid has an integrated low-profile rear spoiler in matching body color. Rear taillights are designed to glow with a look reminiscent of volcanic magma.
As standard, the WRX TR is exclusively shod with all-new 19-inch multi-spoke wheels in satin gray finish. This rim is wrapped with 245/35 R19 Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres for increased wet and dry grip and improved braking performance.
WRX TR interior design and tech
Inside, the Subaru WRX TR comes standard with Recaro seats with a Y-shaped design at the center of the seat backrest embodying a design concept in which the sides and shoulder blades of the occupant are securely supported to maintain proper driving posture. The seats are wrapped in black and gray Ultrasuede with contrasting red stitching and the “Recaro” logo embossed on the seat-backs. The driver’s seat includes 8-way power adjustments.
The power moonroof has been deleted for weight savings, a lower center of gravity and additional headroom for helmeted drivers. The latest version of the SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system is standard on WRX TR. The 11.6-inch center information display offers a high-definition touchscreen for multimedia, climate control, and vehicle configuration settings. The multimedia system includes wireless Apple CarPlay; wireless Android Auto; AM/FM/HD Radio; Bluetooth hands-free phone, text, and audio streaming connectivity; rear vision camera; and SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free Platinum subscription).
Offered for the first time on WRX with manual transmission is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The award-winning safety system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. All 2024 Subaru WRX models equipped with a manual transmission will include EyeSight as standard equipment.
WRX TR performance
The WRX TR is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru BOXER engine, delivering 271 horsepower (202kW) at 5,600 rpm and broad torque curve with 258 lb-ft of torque (350Nm) from 2,000-5,200 rpm. It’s paired with a 6-speed amnual transmission. Active Torque Vectoring is also standard across the model line and the WRX TR features Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Stopping power comes in the form of a high-performance Brembo braking system including red 6-piston front calipers, and red 2-piston rear calipers, larger pads and rotors and larger brake master cylinder. The new system provides enhanced stopping power, fade resistance and pedal feel. Stiffer springs, revised damping rates and a re-tuned steering rack are said to provide the WRX TR with better body control and steering response while maintaining ride quality.
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