(Motorsport-Total.com/Motor1) – The Subaru Forester (buy a used Subaru Forester now) STI Sport shows that the brand has not given up on sports products, even if the performance legend WRX STI is buried. Unfortunately, this new special edition of the mid-range crossover is only intended for the Japanese market. It comes with a revised chassis and styling upgrades that should make the car more exciting.
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Subaru Forester STI Sport
The biggest mechanical innovation on the STI Sporter Edition Forester comes in the form of STD-based dampers. There are also 18-inch wheels in dark gray with 225/55 all-season tires.
Exterior enhancements include black accents around the fog lights, bumpers and side skirts. STI badges can be found on the grille and trunk lid. Crystal White Pearl, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic and Crystal Black Silica are available as paint colors.
The market launch in Japan in the summer, the price is still unknown
The interior of the STI Sport can be distinguished by two-tone leather upholstery in black and burgundy. There are STD logos on the headpieces. Red contrast stitching runs through the entire jacket. There are also special instruments for STI.
The STI version of the Forester is the only engine with a boxer 1.8 liter four-cylinder with 177 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The CVT is the only transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
The Forester STI Sport will go on sale in Japan later this summer. The manufacturer has not yet commented on the price.
Subaru wants to create 6:40 minutes on the Nordschleife – using an electric drive
Subaru has ditched the WRX STI due to drastic and rapid changes in emissions regulations. Although it would be possible to build a car, it would be available on the market for a very limited time.
The car has an electric motor for each wheel and a system output of 1,088 hp. A 60 kWh lithium-ion battery supplies the vehicle with electricity. Subaru aims to set a lap time of 6:40 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the car. So far this has not been achieved.
Could it be more powerful?
The Soltera STI also made its debut at the show, showing what a performance version of the electric crossover could look like. So far there is no evidence of a production version. However, Toyota is reportedly planning a sports version of its sister model bZ4X. So it shouldn’t be ruled out that Subaru will follow suit.