Subaru Canada expands its WRX lineup with the unveiling of the performance-centric 2024 WRX RS. The new trim level couples enhanced performance features like an RS-specific suspension setup and high-performance Brembo braking system with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology—now standard on manual transmission models.
Here’s what you need to know about the new 2024 WRX RS:
RS-Tuned Suspension, Steering, Wheels, and Tires
The standout feature of the 2024 WRX RS is the exclusive RS suspension tuning. This specially revised setup minimizes body roll and sway while delivering a more tactile steering feel. To further improve ride quality, the suspension dampers have been optimized for the RS-exclusive 19-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, shod in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires.
Brembo Braking System
To complement the agile handling characteristics, the WRX RS features a high-performance Brembo braking system. This setup includes red-painted 6-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear calipers, as well as larger pads and cross-drilled rotors. This enhancement improves stopping power, increased fade resistance, and more precise pedal feel.
Powertrain and Additional Features
The WRX RS remains powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged Subaru BOXER engine, outputting 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain pairs exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and Subaru’s symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive.
Beyond its performance enhancements, the RS trim also incorporates an 11.6-inch infotainment display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a myriad of comfort features such as heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
The 2024 WRX RS includes Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standard on manual transmission models. EyeSight integrates a range of safety features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking System, and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. As of 2024, EyeSight is a standard feature on all WRX models, regardless of the transmission option.
Exterior and Interior Accents
Subaru maintains its signature broad-bodied aesthetic for the WRX RS, highlighted by a hexagonal grille complemented by sleek LED headlights. At the back, a subtle, body-matched spoiler is paired with taillights emanating a volcanic luminescence. The RS trim exclusively offers a striking Sapphire Blue Pearl paint option. To optimize performance, the vehicle foregoes the moonroof, shedding weight and optimizing the vehicle’s balance.
Within its interior, the WRX RS boasts Recaro sport bucket seats adorned with Ultrasuede trims. Designed to provide impeccable support, especially during dynamic driving maneuvers, these seats intensify the overall driving sensation. Additionally, the driver benefits from a seat featuring 8-way power adjustments.
Based on the Sport with EyeSight, the WRX RS should be priced between $43,000 and $44,000. Pricing information and availability should be shared closer to launch later this year.