More Subaru STI’s Forester & BRZ – Ruge’s Subaru

29 Aug
Aug 29, 2012Moscow motor show: Subaru plots STi expansion

This STi-tuned Subaru Forester TS was unveiled at the Moscow show
2011 Subaru BRZ Concept – STI

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At the 2012 Moscow Auto Show this week Subaru unveiled a new version of theForester SUV that so far has only been sold in Japan. That version is the Forester TS, which has been tuned by STI and features a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque on tap.

According to AutocarSubaru will be gauging the sales performance of the STI-tuned Forester TS in the Russian market, with a view to offer more STI models in other markets, including in the U.S.

“It’s clear that STI’s abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets,” a company insider said. “Confining them to WRX projects doesn’t make sense when the demand is there.”

An obvious place to start would be the launch of a Subaru BRZ STI, a model that’s already been previewed in concept form and is reportedly in the works. Another possibility, one hinted at by the Forester TS, would be an STI-enhanced version of thenext-generation Forester due out next year. Of course, Subaru won’t be forgetting its core WRX model, so chances are its successor will also feature a potent STI variant.

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