• Sep 9, 2010
Scooby fans down under might get the first look at an STI version of the Subaru Forester meant for global markets. It's only speculation at this point, but Subaru has said it will bring a "sporty SUV," and the Sydney Morning Herald figures an additionally boosted Forester makes the most sense.

Regardless of whether such a beast would wear an STI badge – if it exists at all – the theory goes that it would get an STI-like jump in power above the turbocharged Forester currently on sale in Australia. The JDM version of the Forester STI, on sale for five years, puts down 322 horsepower – that's 26 more ponies than are available in the Aussie WRX STI.

The Forester is already the top-selling compact SUV in Australia. Right now the most powerful version is the 227-hp XT model, so a boost in gumption would place it incontestably above the 268-hp Toyota RAV4 and 235-hp Mazda CX-7. Subaru won't confirm anything else about what will be revealed, except that it could go worldwide.

[Source: Sydney Morning Herald]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      -> It better be a M/T or else it will be fail.

      -> In OZ-land, their Forester have M/T, unlike the boring USDM-mate on which is a A/T on the potent XT. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hood scoop looks soooooooo silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a top-mounted intercooler so I guess that's the only way to feed it. Why they chose to top-mount it, that's any question altogether.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's functional. Feeds the intercooler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It better be kicking that 270+ HP on Regular gas and getting 26+ MPG highway to be competitive with the Rav4.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Think of this - the current RAV4 debuted as a 2006 model making all of that power, getting the performance it got, and still returned better fuel economy and performance than the Forester XT, which Subaru released as a 2009 model.
        Whenever Toyota launches the next Rav4, I would say it's a safe bet that the higher performance models (v6) will offer similar or better performance and much better fuel economy (30-32mpg highway).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice.

      Wouldn't mind this a bit.

      NA release?
      • 4 Years Ago
      300hp & 6MT...I'd buy one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Or.....it could be a Legacy/Outback XT wagon that will make it stateside.....and yes, I'm smoking the spice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More of a wagon than a compact SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the info.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're referring to the car in the picture, that's the was the last Forester STi available. The design has since been updated and does SUVish now. In fact, in blends right in to the SUV crowd and looks anonymous IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Hotter?" Doesnt it have to be Hot to begin with in order to get Hotter? It looks like this....

      http://orvillelloyddouglas.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/sarah-jessica-parker-horse.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got a 08 XT and I love it! I just wish it was a 5 speed and not a 4 speed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I agree with everyone about how neat it would be to have an STI equal Forester, given the price bump of STI to WRX that would put the STI Forester very close to 40k. I cant see the market for that outside of a handful of buyers. Having a WRX spec Forester should come in around 28k and while they wont sell a ton of those either it is far more attainable. The enthusiast in me would like the STI spec but the business sense in me cant see it being worth their while.

      Offer it in one trim level aka Legacy GT. Limited model with interior accents and a slightly tuned suspension to offer better handling and a bit lower ride height.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't that the previous model? Or do they still sell the old one overseas?
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