Subaru WRX TR Arrives as New Enthusiast Performance SpecOctober 6, 2023
Although making its official in-person debut at tomorrow’s Subiefest Florida event, Subaru has digitally detailed the all-new 2024 WRX TR ahead of the festivities.
Although the press release lacks any mention of “TR” still standing for “Tuner Ready,” this redux of the name still speaks to the enthusiast’s heart. This time, instead of being a stripped-down model with parts eager to be swapped and upgraded by fellow garage goblins, the 2024 WRX TR instead packages some pretty serious performance buffs right out of the box.
As we previously speculated, this starts where down low– specifically, the TR sees unique 19-inch wheels wrapped by Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires, 245/35R19 all the way around. Behind those wheels are Brembo performance brakes; six-piston calipers upfront flanked by 2-piston clamps in the rear, and painted red so you know they’re that much better. Larger pads and rotors will improve stopping power while simultaneously staving off fade. Pry even further into the inner workings and you’ll find stiffer suspensions springs paired up with revised damping rates and a retuned steering rack, all said to improve handling via “better body control and steering response.” We’re inclined to believe them.
For the BOXER bros waiting on bated breath: No, the WRX’s 2.4-liter turbo four-banger does not receive any boost in performance. It’s still the same 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque sent to the all-wheel drive system; though, tuners will rejoice that the TR does come with a six-speed manual. Not only is this great for drivers and “save the manual” sticker printers, but it’s also great for Subaru, who is equipping EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to manual WRXs for the very first time. That means Lane Departure and Sway Warning, a Pre-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control and more, making their way to all manual 2024 WRX models.
The TR will also see Recaro seats as standard, upholstered in black and gray Ultrasuede and bound together by red contrast stitching. The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjusting. You know what isn’t power adjusting? The moonroof, as it has been straight up deleted from the whole affair for weight savings and helmet space. Not to send drivers totally back to the stone ages, the WRX’s 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment system is standard, so smartphone integration is still possible.
Pricing for the 2024 Subaru WRX TR is yet to be confirmed, but we should find out by the end of the year. And with the new TR arriving on dealer lots sometime early 2024, we won’t have to wait long for our time behind the wheel.