2024 Subaru WRX TR Unveiled: A Modern Take on Tradition

Introducing the 2024 Subaru WRX TR: A Throwback with Modern Upgrades

The much-anticipated 2024 Subaru WRX TR sport sedan has made its debut, and while it may not bear the “STI” badge, it still holds its own with an intriguing new TR trim.

A Nostalgic Nod

For those with a keen memory, the “TR” designation might ring a bell. It harks back to the days of the Subaru Impreza TR, also known as the “Tuner Ready” model from 2006-2007. The Impreza TR offered the potent WRX 2.5-liter turbocharged engine but left out the extra frills like fancy sound systems, sport seats, fog lights, aero enhancements, and the signature rear wing. The idea was to provide WRX performance at a more affordable price, recognizing that many enthusiasts would replace these components anyway.

2024 Subaru WRX TR: A Unique Approach

In the case of the 2024 WRX TR, it takes a different path. Since the WRX already boasts a turbocharged engine, there’s no more powerful model from which to borrow. Thus, the 271-hp 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine from the 2023 WRX remains, coupled with Subaru’s renowned symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Enthusiasts can still opt for a manual transmission for that authentic driving experience.

Enhancements in the Right Places

Subaru concentrated its improvements on the WRX TR’s performance, focusing on the corners. The WRX TR features an impressive Brembo brake package with six-piston calipers in the front and two-piston calipers in the rear, accompanied by larger rotors and an upgraded brake master cylinder. These components are concealed behind exclusive 19-inch wheels wrapped in grippy 245/35 Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires.

To further elevate handling, stiffer springs and revised dampers are part of the package. The steering rack received a “retuning” to enhance steering response. And for weight savings, the power moonroof is omitted from the TR trim.

Continuity in Infotainment and Safety

Unlike the original Impreza TR, which swapped sport seats for base ones, the new WRX TR upgrades to black and grey Recaro seats upholstered in Ultrasuede. The infotainment system remains unchanged, boasting an 11.6-inch touchscreen for managing media, climate control, and configuration settings. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto continue to be standard features.

A noteworthy addition for 2024 is that every WRX equipped with a manual transmission will include the EyeSight suite of active driver-assist features as standard. This move mirrors Subaru’s approach with the BRZ tS model earlier in the year. The EyeSight suite encompasses Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert—a rare combination in the U.S., where manual transmissions are usually overlooked for such features.

Pricing for the WRX TR remains undisclosed, but Subaru has labeled it a “top-tier” trim, suggesting it may not follow the budget-friendly path of its predecessor. The pricing will play a crucial role in customers’ decisions to go for the TR or hold out for a potential future STI variant. As we await more details, stay tuned for further updates.2024 Subaru WRX TR Unveiled: A Modern Take on Tradition

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