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Old 09-10-2021, 09:09 AM   #1
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20220 Subaru WRX and WRX GT!

We had a chance to check out the new 2022 Subaru WRX and WRX GT. We then hit the track with Scott Speed in both base (6MT) and GT trims.
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:17 AM   #2
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I hope the STI doesnt have that plastic on the wheel arches..
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:44 AM   #3
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I hope the STI doesnt have that plastic on the wheel arches..
It's going to be a direct replica just with a wing.
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:05 AM   #4
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Old 09-10-2021, 01:00 PM   #5
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I think we can hold out hope for the STI to be 350 HP+. The weak link in this WRX is the CVT. To bad they did not offer it in two different tunes like the MK 8 Golf R. It is the opposite there however. The stick version has 280 Ft lbs and the DSG 310.
Iam a little supprised though that the CVT in the Assent can handle 277 ft lbs and tow 5000 lbs. That tow amount puts a lot of stress on that CVT. Maybe the new quick shifting in the WRX causes more torque limitations.
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Old 09-10-2021, 01:00 PM   #6
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I think we can hold out hope for the STI to be 350 HP+. The weak link in this WRX is the CVT. To bad they did not offer it in two different tunes like the MK 8 Golf R. It is the opposite there however. The stick version has 280 Ft lbs and the DSG 310.
Iam a little supprised though that the CVT in the Assent can handle 277 ft lbs and tow 5000 lbs. That tow amount puts a lot of stress on that CVT. Maybe the new quick shifting in the WRX causes more torque limitations.
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Old 09-10-2021, 02:34 PM   #7
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I was excited to see this, I had to come over to NASIOC to see what the buzz is. I was thinking of coming back to a Subie next year when I turn in my lease. I miss driving a stick and always hopeful they can give me enough not to need a "premium" car.

So far I'm worried, not about the HP (we wanted 300 dammit!) but it looks like they are gonna force the GT for those who want the luxuries, sounding like those Recaros, possibly the decent stereo and the adaptive dampers (if they prove to be any good) are going to be not available if you want to shift. Too many other options if I will take an automatic, "premium" cars that lease great. That's too bad!

That outback cladding though, itself that might ruin it, don't know if I could get over that for it to be my "Dad car". Oh Subaru what are we going to do with you lol.

I'm really interested in what the rest of y'all think? Especially the old guys like me ;-)
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:20 PM   #8
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I can't get over the Crosstrek cladding. Why?...
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:28 PM   #9
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I was excited to see this, I had to come over to NASIOC to see what the buzz is. I was thinking of coming back to a Subie next year when I turn in my lease. I miss driving a stick and always hopeful they can give me enough not to need a "premium" car.

So far I'm worried, not about the HP (we wanted 300 dammit!) but it looks like they are gonna force the GT for those who want the luxuries, sounding like those Recaros, possibly the decent stereo and the adaptive dampers (if they prove to be any good) are going to be not available if you want to shift. Too many other options if I will take an automatic, "premium" cars that lease great. That's too bad!

That outback cladding though, itself that might ruin it, don't know if I could get over that for it to be my "Dad car". Oh Subaru what are we going to do with you lol.

I'm really interested in what the rest of y'all think? Especially the old guys like me ;-)
This other "old" guy also came over back to NASIOC (from Swedespeed, I see you with your S60 R-Design! ) to check out the feedback. I am also not the largest fan of the cladding, but I've watched a few videos now and it seems to be blending in more as I see it in motion, so it's not terrible. Seems to look better with less bright color than the orange (I like the orange color, but just not how high the black cladding goes up the back...) I think the rear would look better with a lowered suspension, it looks too high off the ground and almost looks like a bumper is missing. At least the overhang is not as bad on the front anymore since the cladding kind of hides how far it extends out, a nice visual trick.

I am also curious about the design choice of the GT being the top trim with exclusive features. I think it will sell alright; the CVT WRX seemed to sell well enough...

Looking for more performance testing numbers and feedback on road manners. Hell I might even just go try one for giggles.

However, yes, too many creature comforts and performance in other sedan and wagon dad cars that will likely keep me from coming back to WRX-land. A V90 or V60 R-Design is likely on the docket once I drive this S60 into the ground.

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Old 09-13-2021, 01:18 PM   #10
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Not a fan of the cladding nor all the black plastics in the bumpers. I guess Subaru is trying to have a more mainstream-rugged look with a an off-road appeal rather than keeping their more iconic rally look. I was really hoping for this car to be a return to basics.
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