June 2: Subaru to debut 2025 WRX tS at Wicked Big Meet

Colin
By Colin Wood
May 30, 2024 | Subaru, WRX, subaru wrx, WRX tS

Photography Courtesy Subaru

You’ve heard of the WRX TR and the BRZ tS, but now Subaru has another “performance-focused” car to debut: The 2025 WRX tS.

Officially, the WRX tS will make its first public debut at Wicked Big Meet at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway on June 2, but Subaru was kind enough to provide the details ahead of the car’s first big outing.

Before you ask, the tS retains the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four found in the rest of the WRX lineup, still producing 271 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

So, what makes the new tS unique–and how is it different from the WRX TR?

Whereas the TR simply got stiffer springs and revised damping rates, the tS gets a new “STI-tuned” suspension with electronically controlled dampers.

Also unique to the tS is a driving mode selector–previously only available on the top-trim WRX GT–that allows the driver to “tailor the dynamic performance” of the WRX with one of three driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Aside from a new 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and “distinctive interior and exterior accents,” that’s pretty much where the major differences end.

Like the TR, the tS gets a Brembo brake setup comprised of 6-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers (this time in gold instead of red), plus 245/35R19 Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires wrapped around 19-inch wheels on all four corners.

Inside, both the tS and TR get 8-way power Recaro seats and lose the moonroof as a weight-saving measure.

Expect to see the 2025 WRX tS in dealerships in early 2025. How much will it cost? Pricing for the 2025 WRX tS is set to be announced later this year, but, for reference, the 2024 WRX TR starts at $41,655 and the range-topping WRX GT starts at $44,215.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/30/24 11:38 a.m.

WRX tS aside, Wicked Big Meet sounds like a great time.

The weather looks pretty favorable, too.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/30/24 12:10 p.m.

If I was in the area, I'd head there. Beautiful backdrop on the drive there. I've spent a few Friday nights at Stafford Motor Speedway.

PT_SHO
PT_SHO New Reader
6/14/24 2:40 p.m.

Current STI autocrosser.  If Subie would put the ultra-reliable STI six speed into this, I'd be registering strong interest.  Especially due to removal of the headroom-robbing moonroof.

If they ever come out with a next-gen STI, hybrid or not, only interested if it doesn't have a significant weight penalty.  If I want huge weight compensated by more horsepower, I can go pony car or any newer BMW.

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