2022 Subaru WRX S4 Debuts as JDM-Only Poor Man’s Sports Sedan

2022 Subaru WRX S4 – While the majority of Subaru fanatics stews over the highly controversial look for The 2022 Subaru WRX however, the Japanese market is now getting the most exclusive flavor that isn’t going to be available on American shores. Get to know Subaru WRX S4: A kind of smoothed over JDM-only sports sedan that definitely won’t see on the USDM market anytime shortly, if at all.

2022 Subaru WRX S4
2022 Subaru WRX S4

2022 Subaru WRX S4 Redesign

We initially thought that the exclusive Japan-only WRX S4 was going to be the first glimpse of this new STI. At present, Subaru hasn’t unveiled WRX’s more powerful JDM version, but this is not the case. But the car is branded with the STI badge. As per Subaru, the car isn’t an all-in-one STI. This is similar to the BMW M240i, an essentially 100% M car. Consider this 2022 Subaru WRX S4 as something like 99 percent STI If that’s helpful.

Exterior

From the exterior, most of the new features are aesthetic. There are, of course, some badges, including one that is “S4” on the trunk however this isn’t an Audi sports car, because only a few inches away, there’s the STI logo on the trunk too. Badging is nice however, what we’ll be looking forward to will be the front wiper, which is left out of this model.

2022 Subaru WRX S4 Redesign
2022 Subaru WRX S4 Redesign

Engine

Under the hood, it’s very like the American-spec 2022 Subaru WRX. In the front, it’s the same turbocharged 271 horsepower 2.4L flat-four. Similar to the American-spec 2022 Subaru WRX GT, there’s automatic transmission as well. It’s an eight-speed CVT (continuously variable transmission) with a manual mode. The final item on all the mechanical features is a first for WRX all over the world with adaptive suspension. Unfortunately for Japanese Subaru enthusiasts who long for the stick shift, Subaru has made the S4 auto-only, as the like predecessor, the WRX GT.

Models

Therefore, in actuality, it’s a closer and more in-depth review of this model than the WRX GT we’ll be seeing Stateside shortly. There are different trim levels available for JDM Subaru WRX S4. JDM Subaru WRX S4, in contrast to the GT. They are GT-H, GT-H EX, STI Sport R, and STI Sport REX. Both STI Sport R trims get additional special interior features such as Recaro seats, suede, and leather upholstery and carbon-fiber trim, and a few aluminum pedals.

2022 Subaru WRX S4 Interior
2022 Subaru WRX S4 Interior

2022 Subaru WRX S4 Released

This is meant to be a more relaxed and more comfortable model that will be this model. It’s just unfortunate that Japanese purchasers are hanging with we are for a moment. The adaptive dampers aren’t available for those who wish to use them with their gears. In all honesty, considering the backlash we’ve witnessed over the decision, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the stick shift, as well as adaptive dampers, are incorporated into the brand new STI when it debuts.