• Nov 7th 2006 at 4:04PM
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Before the STI, even before the WRX, came to these shores, determined gearheads made every manner of modification to the old GC8 Impreza to get the turbocharged power they adored from afar. When the WRX finally crossed the Pacific, its powerplant found a home in every manner of Subaru, including the sleepy Forester. Scan any Subie-centric site (we like iClub and NASIOC) and you'll find a host of Foresters in every conceivable state of tune, some putting down over 400 HP to the wheels on the stock block.

Considering how the aftermarket played a considerable role in the original WRX's importation to the U.S., it comes as little surprise that Subaru is considering bringing over an STI variant of the Forester and (fingers crossed) Legacy. Both have enjoyed considerable success in their home country, even with the exorbitant premiums demanded by dealers, and for those of you who are looking for either a little more luxury or utility when channeling your inner-McRae, both would fit the bill.

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Please Subaru bring the Legacy STI. I would trade in my Impreza STI for it. But it would be nice to have all three STIs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Forester just looks to "family-truckster" to me though. I am a Sub fan but it just makes me think of a Crown Victoria GT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Japan already has the STi Forester. It was in a C&D article not too long ago, so google search "STi Forester" and look for the C&D hit.

      Also, I'm pretty sure Fifth Gear did a comparo on the WRX STi vs. the Forester STi. The Forester did the same lap in the wet in only a second or 2 longer than the rex.
      Michael Nomura
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn't it great to have a aftermarket automotive business that makes a ton of money to cater to drivers that have such low self esteem that they have to impress us with their cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      thefultonhow what do you say about an Subaru Impreza STi instead an Forester ?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow Subaru of America never seems to get it right. While I would love to see the Forestor STI here, or even a WRX Wagon STI, I think a better move would be to bring STI versions of the Legacy Sedan and Wagon. Bringing those two would swiftly move Subaru upmarket in America faster than the B9 Tribeca ever could. The Spec B in the U.S. is a joke without any additonal power.

      Yes I would trade my Legacy GT Wagon for a Forestor STI if no Legacy STI made it's way here, but I'd be willing to pay a lot more for a Legacy STI then I would for a Forestor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a handsome looking car. I'm not a big fan of blue but I like this one a lot. I don't think this is a Type-A lesbian car. I think it's an asexual car. Anybody can look good in it. And I imagine feel good in it too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bringing a Forester STi and a Legacy STi to the states would be one of the best things Subaru could do right now. There is little availible in the market of performace small utes, but since the big utes aren't selling well, I can see it growing with a Forester STi. Also, a Legacy STi would be able to keep up with much more expensive sedans (Audi S4, maybe even an M3) for about 2/3rds the cost...it would hopefully be like a grown up WRX STi the way the GT is a grown-up WRX. This move would also establish the STi brand beyond simply the Impreza and bring more people into Subaru showrooms. Great idea...they better go for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You are aware that there has been a Subaru Impreza WRX STI out in the states for at least 4 years. No one but those whose mind is locked in the gutter would come up with STI=Sexually transmitted infection.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sign me up. Since the Forester is not slated for replacement till 08-09, bringing the existing STI seems like a good way to keep some interest in the model with little additional development costs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An stit legacy would bring me back to the fold. I need a wrx that I can throw clients in!
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