2006 Subaru Impreza WRX TR
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $24,620
Powertrain: 2.5-liter, 230-hp, 235-lb-ft turbocharged H4; awd, five-speed manual
Curb Weight: 3192 lbs
0 to 62 mph: 5.8 seconds (mfr.)
Fuel Mileage (EPA Combined): 22.31 mpg
To that we say, Good job, Subaru. No, seriously, we mean it. Thats exactly how this audio system should feel.
The TR in this WRXs designation stands for Tuner Ready. Since many WRX owners start customizing their cars the second they drive off the lot, Subaru decided to spec out a model just for them.
Why force a customer to pay for the six-disc audio system in the regular WRX when that standard unit will get swapped out for one with a TV screen shod with amplifiers, high-watt speakers and subwoofers?
That is the philosophy that inspired the TR. There is a non-leather steering wheel in case you have a Momo in mind, along with regular seats and unpainted side mirrors ready to be swapped for Sparco racing buckets and narrow WRC-style mirrors. The car is devoid of side skirts, fog lights and a spoiler, because what custom Impreza is complete without a body kit? The TR also forgoes an automatic climate control system.
Unlike the first stripped-down Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS in 2004, the TR leaves you with such basic amenities as air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, and even cruise control.
All 2006 upgrades are in full effect under the hood. The new, bigger-displacement 2.5-liter turbocharged I4 with 230 hp provides ample thrust and more daily livability thanks to itsnewfound torque, up to 235 lb-ft from 217 lb-ft.
We think Subaru could further slash the price of this WRX by making the standard 17-inch sport wheels optional, since getting rid of factory wheels is usually the first thing a tuner will do.
With a base price of $24,620 (including $625 destination), the TR will save you $1,000 off the regular WRX sedan. That may not seem like much considering what go-fast, look-fast parts can cost. But for many tuners, some of whom work two jobs to pay for their cars, a penny saved is a penny earned.