Why did Subaru change the specs on the 2024 Subaru WRX TR in Albuquerque NM to make it more suitable for driving in and around town?
Subaru has been a longtime proponent of turbocharged, all-wheel chargers like its high-performance WRX line. The WRX not only has earned multiple off-road rally championships, but has also proven to be a formidable contender on paved road course competitions as well. For the 2024 model year, Subaru has continued to march to the beat of a different drummer in changing its topline performance model, the WRX TR, to better suit the needs of a broader demographic. Why? Rather than rely solely on more horsepower, torque and high G forces to attract hard core enthusiasts, Subaru’s WRX TR (tuner ready) model aims to show off the brand’s ability to blend performance with a measure of comfort and technology in a WRX. Let’s take the Subaru five door chassis as a first example. At first glance, the WRX TR wide body styling with blister flares and hood scoop, look similar to past WRX models. But you’ll notice there’s no huge wing hung off the rear, only a more modest integrated body colored spoiler on the trunk. And what you don’t see are construction refinements underneath the Subaru Global platform increases torsional rigidity by 14%, and combined with stiffer springs, revised dampening and steering rates to make the WRX TR a faster and more responsive car on the street.
For power, Subaru once again turns to its proven formula of a turbocharged flat four engine. This combination has proven to produce reliable horsepower and keep weight low in the chassis for better handling. In the 2024 WRX TR, this means 271 HP and 258 lb./ft. torque hooked up to Subaru’s symmetric all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring. The available transmission options include a six-speed manual, or a CVT (constant velocity transmission) with paddle shifters. Mileage figures for the manual are 19 city, 28 highway and 21 MPG combined on premium fuel. Matching that power are an upgraded brake package with huge six-piston Brembo brakes up front clamping down on upgraded and larger rotors, with a more modest dual piston monoblock system holding down the rear. Subaru engineers bolted 19” satin grey alloys wrapped with Bridgestone S007 tires for good traction on both dry and wet pavement.
Subaru also revised the interior of the 2024 WRX TR by supplementing the standard speedometer and tachometer in front of the driver with a tablet-like 11.6” color touchscreen in the waterfall IP above the center console. This provides easy access to AM/FM/HD radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and backup camera to guide and entertain. The cabin is trimmed out in black-and-gray ultrasuede material with red piping. Both steering wheel and shift knob are lined in leather, with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat to make it fit just right. Clearly, this is far beyond what most boy racers would expect in a “tuner ready” car, and the WRX TR delivers. Advanced safety systems like Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist are incorporated into the WRX, with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and lead vehicle start alert and slippery condition warnings. Clearly, the 2024 Subaru WRX TR in Albuquerque NM offers quite a bit more than a stripped down model ready for speed demons to modify. It’s grown up and like many consumers who still yearn for performance, but also want a touch of elegance and the latest technology can get it as part of the TR package. Unfortunately, pricing for this very special 2024 model has not been released by Subaru at press time.
When Will the 2024 Subaru WRX TR in Albuquerque, NM arrive?
While Subaru has been shipping several different 2024 models for a few months, they’ve announced that the 2024 WRX TR won’t be arriving until the first quarter of the New Year. That’s likely the result of being such a specialized, low volume model. But enthusiastic consumers with a taste for speed can still check out the online new car inventory for the 2024 Subaru WRX TR at the Fiesta Subaru dealership in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 7100 Lomas Blvd NE at any time.