Subaru recently confirmed that the 2022 WRX will debut later this year and while performance specifications about the car have been announced, a report out of Japan has offered us an insight as to what we can expect.
This report comes courtesy of Goo-Net and asserts that the new WRX and WRX STI will both come outfitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The basic FA24 engine is used in a handful of other Subaru models, including the Ascent, Legacy, Outback, and most recently, the new BRZ and Toyota GR 86.
A turbocharged version of this engine will find its way into both WRX models and in entry-level guide, the engine will be good for 296 hp, this report claims. Subaru will tweak the engine for use in the WRX STI, allegedly increasing power to the 345 hp. This is some way short of the 400 hp rumored some 12 months ago.
Regardless of how much power the new WRX and WRX STI have, they will have more grunt than the outgoing model and will be faster. It is understood that the WRX will come standard with a CVT transmission while the WRX STI will have a six-speed manual. Both will transmit their power to the pavement through an all-wheel drive system.
Goo-Net claims that the new WRX and WRX STI will be the final models that Subaru will introduce without some form of electrification as future generations will probably be hybrids.