Subaru Releases 280PS Forester tS in Japan, Only 300 Will Be Made

Subaru has unveiled the limited-edition Forester tS SUV in Japan and, as you can see, the car looks exactly like the Forester STI tS Concept revealed in September.

Developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the Forester tS will only be built in a limited series of 300 units exclusively for the Japanese market. The model is essentially a showcase of STI’s performance and styling tuning parts, a fact that is most obvious when analyzing the car’s appearance.

The Forester tS features a black grille with cherry red pin stripe and STI logo, STI front and rear bumpers, black roof spoiler, fog light bezel in metallic silver, black door mirror cases, black side window trim and sill cladding, cherry red pin stripe on the red bumper, as well as tS logos on the front fenders.

Inside, the Forester tS is equipped with a dedicated sports luminescent speedometer that goes up to 260 km/h (162 mph), a multi-function display, leather-wrapped steering wheel with STI logo and red stitching, unique black leather and suede upholstery with red stitching and accents, suede door trim with red stitching, STI shift lever, and STI logos on the sill plates, among others.

Performance upgrades include 19-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels with Brembo 17-inch ventilated disc brakes, STI-tuned suspension lowered by 15mm, dedicated ECU and TCU (transmission control unit), as well as a recalibrated VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) system.

The Subaru Forester tS is motivated by the most powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged Boxer engine available in Japan, which produces 280PS (276hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The unit is mated to a Lineatronic CVT automatic that sends power to all four wheels. Prices start from 4,350,000 yen ($36,800), with Subaru accepting orders until April 5, 2015.

PHOTOS

  • Craig

    That’s the Subaru I would like. Although I would much prefer a standard/manual transmission.

  • This is Sparta!

    For as whacky and as ugly as Subarus are—I still badly want one! How come Japan gets all the fun?

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