2022 Subaru WRX debut: The rally icon returns
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2022 Subaru WRX debut: The rally icon returns

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Speaker 1: Subaru just pulled the wraps off of this, the all new 20, 22 WX it's right over my shoulder. So let's dig into the specs, then get some seat time passenger seat, unfortunately, but I'll take what I can get. Speaker 1: And you're probably thinking to yourself, doesn't look all that new to me, but Subaru assures me that the WX is all new from the wheels up [00:00:30] wider and longer than the outgoing model. It's wide body design of the touch, more dramatic than the previous generation. It also features significantly different rear and rear quarter panels from the Impreza that it's based on the new taillights are supposed to glow like volcanic, magma, but I think they just bring a lot of new BZ energy to the w X's rear end. Not that that's a bad thing. The front fenders are now made of aluminum, which saves around five pounds on the total package. Less weight of course is more performance and the [00:01:00] Hawkeye projector headlamp smaller while the grills are skosh larger. Of course, you've got the functional hood scoop up front, but also functional vents behind the front wheel and tucked into the root bumper, which aid in aerodynamics in the cabin. Speaker 1: We're looking at a new 11.6 inch Starling infotainment system. The very same system that debuted recently on the new Outback, which standard Android auto and apple CarPlay. All right. All right. Time to talk power. The 2022 w X's burbling heart is a 2.4 liter [00:01:30] turbocharged boxer, four outputting 271 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque features a new electronic wastegate and bypass valves, which reduce lag and improved responsiveness and Excel acceleration. Of course Subaru's symmetrical law will drive a standard as is a six speed manual transmission, three chairs for three pedals, or the re can be had with Subaru's performance transmission, or F P T a continuously variable transmission with an eight speed manual [00:02:00] mode. Now the FPT is set to Upshift 30 per percent faster and downshift 50% quicker than the previous generation CBT. So we're expecting pretty big improvements this year. Now opting for the S P T also gets you the spank and newest generation of Subaru's eyesight driver assist technology with a wider feel of view for its optical sensors, improved software and features like lane centering, steering assist, and bit of cruise control. Speaker 1: Now I wasn't able to drive the new WX, but I did hit the track riding shotgun with Subaru's [00:02:30] hot shoe rally cross driver, the appropriately named Scott speed. First in the six speed. And then in an example, equipped with the automatic. Now, the SPT certainly felt fast and the shifts were nine imperceptible, but that six speed just looked like a whole lot more fun. Both were wicked quick in the hands of the season driver. And I can't wait to get my Hammi fists on the wheel either way. Now this new generation moved to Subaru's global platform, which has allowed the automaker to stiff in the chassis significantly versus the previous generation, which gives a suspension [00:03:00] a more stable platform under which to work. Now, interestingly, this is allowed Subaru to give the WX more suspension travel, kind of the opposite of what you'd expect from a performance car, which should pay dividends when banging around on gravel roads. Speaker 1: But it also keeps the chassis from upsetting itself. When you roll over curbs on the track, meaning while the front suspension geometrys been tweaked the rear stabilizer bar now mounts to the chassis rather than the sub frame, which should help it more efficiently control roll. And there's a new dual opinion electric power steering [00:03:30] system that Subaru says delivers quicker response, improved accuracy and a more natural feel. 17 inch wheels are standard equipment with 18 inches, the plastic CLAT arches for the limited and the new GT model. Oh yeah, there's a new top of the line GT trim level. How could I forget that? It's got electronically controlled dampers where car seats with ultra suite upholstery and a wide range of SI drive modes to choose from. It rolls on those 18 inches. I mentioned on summer tires, the catch the GT model can only [00:04:00] be had with the CVT, a little bit of a bummer there, but I'll reserve judgment until I drive it. That just leaves pricing and availability to discuss the new w RX should start hitting dealerships in early 2022 pricing. Hasn't been announced just yet, but we expect to hear more about that as the launch window approaches you sure. To head over to the, a roadshow.com for our full first look where we've got even more details about this, the latest generation of Subaru's rally legend I'm each you there.

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