Posted Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:15pm
Few environments are better suited to shake down a new Subaru WRX than California’s redwood country. These are the slick, pucker-worthy conditions, where this rally-bred sports sedan, rooted in the promise of confidence in any and every road condition, is meant to thrive. And thrive it does.
Subaru uncovered its fifth-generation WRX back in September, revealing a familiar, carefully iterated package. There’s a turbocharged boxer-four upfront, six-speed manual or optional CVT (called the Subaru Performance Transmission). Of course, power is sent to all four corners, because Subaru. When first launched in 1992, the WRX started life as a souped-up version of a little ubiquitous economy car, but it’s since evolved into a separate beast entirely.