September 10, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Author

2022 Subaru WRX tS EyeSight

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Bravo Subaru for still producing genuine high performance mobility solutions for car enthusiasts! The all-new Subaru WRX is certainly very matured compared to its predecessors but it still retains its core youthful exuberance. The World Rally Championship inspired WRX is still an active participant in the motorsport along with its more rabid STI variant but Subaru has distanced the higher-performance variants from the traditional Impreza model family range since 2014. So, technically, the model you see here along with its wagon brother (also known as the Levorg GT in some markets) that just secured a Best-in-Class trophy at the 18th C! Awards, are on their second generations as separate models from the pedestrian non-turbocharged Impreza family range and the last to adopt the new scalable Subaru Global Platform.

The Subaru WRX tS EyeSight (here in very attractive Solar Orange Pearl with matching contrasting interior) is the current top-of-the range model with the most standard equipment combined with the revised CVT transmission, the three-stage adaptive suspension, the comprehensive EyeSight safety suite, the massive 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment center display, moonroof, unique body cladding, and the fabulous Harman Kardon premium 504-watt 11-speaker system.

Compared to the outgoing model, the all-new WRX has a longer wheelbase by 20 mm (2670 mm), has a 35 mm longer body (4670 mm), is wider by 30 mm (1825 mm) but has a roof height that is 10 mm lower (1465 mm). These new proportions make the new WRX the most spacious, most comfortable, and most feature-rich ever, even when compared to the previous more powerful STI models. At this point the WRX performs at its most refined and most efficient ever which allows the near future STI variant to be packaged more differently combined with electrification. The new WRX may not be as quick nor as agile as before, but it performs better overall now with consistent brilliance at all speeds rather than being enjoyed most only at its incredible edge. Under capable and seasoned drivers, that narrow performance nuance can easily be matched and even exceeded with less drama.

The new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine only makes three more horsepower than the old 2.0-liter with the same peak torque powerband but it feels stronger and more effortless despite the increased dimensions and marginal weight gain of about 30 pounds (you can save approximately 130 pounds of ballast by choosing the 6-speed manual transmission variant but you would lose a lot of practical and very usable standard equipment in the process). Other markets got more potent versions of the old engine and we did test those too, yet I still prefer this all-new 2nd generation WRX because it has all the desired standard equipment without compromising performance that you can fully explore with the most safety measures ever to help keep man and machine intact.

Unlike in previous generations, the new Subaru WRX is not just the high-performance version of a standard compact sedan, it in fact sets its own standard and reestablishes the long-departed segment of affordable high-performance cars. The 85 mm longer and 35 mm taller Subaru WRX tS wagon EyeSight is even better for P100.000.00 less than the equivalent tS sedan as you gain more versatility and storage space while having the same dynamic performance sans the extra fender cladding. Compared to a Honda Civic RS, the Subaru WRX sedan is actually smaller and feels a lot more intimate though the driving experience with the proportions are appropriate.

Aside from the obvious massive central screen, the rest of the new interior of the WRX is really good with the very best fit and finish ever for the series. The cabin is genuinely very premium in every way, from the choice of materials that include UV-treated glass all around, to the application of the new design that includes ambient lighting, nicely bolstered combination stitched Ultrasuede seating, thick and precise flat-bottom steering wheel filled with remote controls and discrete paddleshifts to manage the virtual 8-speed ratios of the trick new CVT transmission that allows blipping and rev-matching, aluminum pedals, generous amounts of soft materials, rear climate control with charging points, 60/40 split rear bench, and so much more. I wish Subaru didn’t use the faux carbon fiber trim, but thankfully there aren’t many surfaces of it.

The new full-LED signature lighting on both ends looks and functions excellently. The quad rear exhaust looks great without having to be unnecessarily loud and obnoxious. The characteristic boxer engine sound and behavior is still gloriously obvious too. The brake system is very good without having to use larger Brembo units. Though if you do intend to race the WRX on the track, then you should definitely get the manual version then upgrade the brakes along with the usual dynamic performance upgrades to the engine and suspension as you also will lose the excellent adaptive suspension.

The all-new Subaru WRX tS EyeSight is a really great all-weather performance car that can be driven every day, especially long distance where you can explore its extremely deep abilities. The intelligent AWD system is one of the very best in the business that uses a default 40/60 rear-wheel biased setup for truly rewarding driving behavior. The prices have come up but we are still happy that they exist and are offered in our Philippine market. The overall design is more subtle and friendlier to the eyes of those who are not die-hard Subaristi as well.

Specification – 2022 Subaru WRX tS EyeSight

Engine: Flat-4

Location: Front, Longitudinal

Displacement: 2387 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS)

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection, Intercooled Turbo

Max power: 271 bhp @ 5600 rpm

Max torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2000-5200 rpm

Transmission: Lineartronic® CVT, Intelligent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson strut, with aluminum-alloy lower L-arm and pillow-ball joint mount, Adaptive dampers with anti-roll bar.

Rear suspension: Independent Double-Wishbones, Adaptive dampers with anti-roll bar.

Fuel Capacity: 63 liters (16.6 gallons)

Ground Clearance: 135 mm

Wading Depth: 500 mm

Load Capacity: 368 liters

L x W x H: 4670 mm x 1825 mm x 1465 mm

Wheelbase: 2670 mm

Brakes: Front 12.4-inch (315 mm) ventilated discs with 2-piston calipers / Rear 11.8-inch (300 mm) solid discs with 1-piston calipers, ABS, BA, BOS, EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Integrated Electric Parking Brake, EBD, VDC, HDC, TCS, TSA, Active Torque Vectoring.

Wheels: 18”x 8.5J Multi-Spoke Dark Grey Aluminum Alloys

Tires: 245/40R18 97Y Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT 600A

Weight: (kerb) 1588 kg. (3494 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 5.9 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 240 km/h (150 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 19 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway

Price as tested: PhP 2,808,000.00 (WRX 2.4 AT ES PhP 2,658,000.00 | WRX 2.4 MT PhP 2,508,000.00)

C! RATING 9.5/10

+The Subaristi’s dream fulfilled with maturity. Very capable and comfortable. Clever EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The best intelligent AWD system in its class. Great sound system. Excellent adaptive suspension. Very well appointed.

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