Subaru offers details on WRX TR ahead of Subiefest debut

Colin
By Colin Wood
Oct 6, 2023 | Subaru, WRX, subaru wrx, WRX TR

Photograph Courtesy Subaru

Think you had to wait until this weekend’s Subiefest Orlando to get details on the more “performance-focused” WRX TR? Think again.

Subaru didn’t give the new TR any extra power, but it looks like a six-speed manual is your only gearbox choice.

The TR’s brakes have been upgraded with 6-piston front and 2-piston rear Brembo calipers paired with larger pads, rotors and brake master cylinder.

To improve body control, Subaru says it gave the TR stiffer springs plus revised damping rates and a retuned steering rack.

The TR also gets all-new 19-inch wheels shod in 245/35 R19 Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires.

Although Subaru deleted the moonroof for “weight savings and low center of gravity,” the TR does come fitted with 8-way power-adjustable Recaro seats and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standard. (Making the TR the first manual WRX to get the safety suite, says Subaru.)

Subaru is waiting to announce pricing until “later this year,” but with multiple indicators in the press release that the TR will be the top trim available for the WRX, we’d expect prices to be higher than that of the current top trim model, the GT, which starts at $43,395.

GRM will be attending Subiestfest Florida this weekend, so stay tuned for more photos.

 

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/6/23 11:16 a.m.

I really thought Subaru would wait until tomorrow to drop this info, but here we are.

Anyone else going to be at Subiefest tomorrow? David and I will both be there.

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/6/23 11:19 a.m.

That is a pretty huge step-up in price from the base model for a seat, brake, wheel package. Whew.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/6/23 11:23 a.m.

I'd love to be there.  Maybe next year.  Yes that price seems high to me.  I may actually go to the local Subie dealer today and look at a WRX and a BRZ both. 

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/6/23 11:28 a.m.
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

I'd love to be there.  Maybe next year.  Yes that price seems high to me.  I may actually go to the local Subie dealer today and look at a WRX and a BRZ both. 

Apparently the new 2024 manual models will include Subaru eyesight, for better or for worse. Keep that in mind :)

ConiglioRampante
ConiglioRampante Reader
10/6/23 12:13 p.m.

I know the reports stating what the average new car price is, but this model will likely start in the mid forties?  Damn, it didn't seem like too long ago that the STI was in the high 30's-low 40's.  It is what it is, though.

This model and others like the CTR, GRolla, Golf R, and even a loaded GTI, etc., make me really appreciate the value of Hyundai's Elantra N.  If I was in the market today, that's likely where my money would go.  I can't imagine saying that 5-6 years ago, but "it is what it is, though."

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/6/23 12:51 p.m.
ConiglioRampante said:

I know the reports stating what the average new car price is, but this model will likely start in the mid forties?  Damn, it didn't seem like too long ago that the STI was in the high 30's-low 40's.  It is what it is, though.

This model and others like the CTR, GRolla, Golf R, and even a loaded GTI, etc., make me really appreciate the value of Hyundai's Elantra N.  If I was in the market today, that's likely where my money would go.  I can't imagine saying that 5-6 years ago, but "it is what it is, though."

I think this is what happens when there is no competition. The Evo went away and I don't think there is really a comparable vehicle to the WRX. It pains me to see that it might cost 44k (without destination/shipping) up from the base model of around 32k.

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke UltraDork
10/6/23 12:52 p.m.
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) said:
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

I'd love to be there.  Maybe next year.  Yes that price seems high to me.  I may actually go to the local Subie dealer today and look at a WRX and a BRZ both. 

Apparently the new 2024 manual models will include Subaru eyesight, for better or for worse. Keep that in mind :)

Eye see what you did there...

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/6/23 12:57 p.m.
clutchsmoke said:
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) said:
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

I'd love to be there.  Maybe next year.  Yes that price seems high to me.  I may actually go to the local Subie dealer today and look at a WRX and a BRZ both. 

Apparently the new 2024 manual models will include Subaru eyesight, for better or for worse. Keep that in mind :)

Eye see what you did there...

Actually I didn't have anything clever in that post. I just have had horrible experiences with Subaru eyesight in their more common cars (Forester, etc). Buzzes and beeps way too much

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
10/6/23 1:30 p.m.
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

I'd love to be there.  Maybe next year.  Yes that price seems high to me.  I may actually go to the local Subie dealer today and look at a WRX and a BRZ both. 

I thought you were going to go test drive a BRZ a few weeks ago?

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
10/6/23 1:32 p.m.
ConiglioRampante said:

I know the reports stating what the average new car price is, but this model will likely start in the mid forties?  Damn, it didn't seem like too long ago that the STI was in the high 30's-low 40's.  It is what it is, though.

This model and others like the CTR, GRolla, Golf R, and even a loaded GTI, etc., make me really appreciate the value of Hyundai's Elantra N.  If I was in the market today, that's likely where my money would go.  I can't imagine saying that 5-6 years ago, but "it is what it is, though."

You're not wrong. At the end of 2017, I went test drove an '18 STi Limited w/Recaro package. MSRP was $44k. 

The cheap interior, turbo lag, and short gearing made me decide to keep my money.

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