• Feb 1st 2011 at 4:28PM
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2011 Subaru Forester S-Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

Before your heart goes all aflutter at the thought of a factory Subaru Forester XTI, cool your jets a bit. It's true that Subaru Australia has just pulled the sheets off of a more powerful Forester complete with nearly 260 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque, and yes, the high-rider packs a new five-speed automatic to replace the archaic four-speed slusher found on most Forester models. Drivers can even control shifts via a pair of paddles should the mood strike them. But this isn't some slammed hardcore grocery getter. Instead, the Forester S-Edition, as it's called, wears a slightly revised suspension cooked up from the minds at STI along with a few subtle aero tweaks outside.

Jump indoors and those from down under will enjoy a cabin trimmed in Alcantara bits, navigation and a rear view camera, all for a just a bit more than what you'd typically pay for a Forester XT in those parts.

Will we be getting anything similar? It certainly wouldn't hurt our feelings, but we'd be surprised if Subaru suddenly decided to lay another model on top of its range-capping XT here in the land of the free. We've got our digits crossed for that five-speed transmission, though. Hit the jump for the press release.

2011 Subaru Forester S-Edition
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[Source: Subaru Australia]
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Australia's best-selling compact sports utility vehicle, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester, offers a new range-topping turbocharged variant for 2011 and refined, torque-enhanced new naturally aspirated engines.

The S-Edition is the most powerful Forester to date, using the legendary WRX's turbocharged 2.5 litre to produce 193 Kilowatts of power and 347 Newtonmetres of torque.

Forester S-Edition is joined by a revised line-up that includes the new FB naturally aspirated (NA) horizontally opposed Boxer engine – replacing the EJ unit first introduced in 1989.

It offers improved low-end torque, increased by six Newtonmetres to 235 Nm at 4100 rpm, while refinement, NVH and drivability are also greatly enhanced.

The engine will become the platform for a range of refinements throughout the Subaru range over the next few years. Emissions of the automatic transmission NA engine are reduced from 227 grams per kilometres to 220 g/km.

Forester S-Edition includes several styling and engineering cues unique to the variant including:

· 193 Kilowatt engine – 14 per cent per cent more powerful than the ongoing Forester XT
· Five-speed STI paddleshift automatic transmission
· Black grille with chrome-style highlight
· Silver roof rails
· Subaru Tecnica International (STI) 17-inch alloy wheels
· WR blue colour option – for a strictly limited period
· Sport interior with a blue tone
· Alcantara and leather seat trim
· S-Edition seat embroidery and blue stitching
· Sporty instrument display
· Blue-tone foot lights
· Special gear shifter
· Unique cargo door logo

Forester S-Edition is priced at $50,990 Manufacturer's List Price (MLP), just $3500 more than the XT Premium automatic.

New Forester represents outstanding price value across the range, with no change on entry-level and just $500 on most other models.

All Foresters feature a new-look grille, while wing mirrors on XS and above feature integrated indicators.

Inside, all dashboards include a darker finish and darker tone metallic-type highlights for enhanced appearance.

The upgraded specification includes Bluetoothâ wireless technology compatibility* across the range, while reversing cameras are standard in XS and above. Non SatNav models offer USB connectivity.

Foresters with cloth trim offer an upgraded more water resistant material.

XS and XT variants feature a new design 17-inch alloy wheel, while XT has a more aerodynamic rear roof spoiler.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "We have had increasing customer interest in a more powerful Forester and are delighted to be the first export market for S-Edition, which made its worldwide debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney last October.

"It combines the best of two winning Subaru formulas – WRX and Forester, the latter of which is firmly entrenched as Australia's favourite compact SUV.

"New Forester's also significant for introducing FHI's third generation boxer engine, which offers improved response.

"Interior finish has come under the spotlight too and there are clear refinements to both the look and feel.

"I'm also delighted that Forester XS and above get a reversing camera as standard."

Every Forester features DataDot security and has an independent five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

* Depending upon the software in individual mobile telephones.


Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      only for lesbian Sheila's - bummer
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're wondering why they get it and we don't, blame the absurdly strong Australian Dollar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      .... and do we get it here in the US?


      Subaru, at least give us the 5AT, the old 4EAT is embarassing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One can only hope that SOA comes to their senses and stuffs a WRX-engine into a US Forester.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes please. One of the reasons we didn't get a Forester the last time was the 4 spd auto and/or CVT. 5 spds is minimum today, but the 4 was ridiculous. My wife would eat this thing up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "We've got our digits crossed for that five-speed transmission, though."

      Uh, yeah... if it wasn't a lame-ass automatic!

      For shame, Autoblog, for shame. Yes, their automatics are woefully outdated, but who cares... a slush-box is a slush-box. You should be pining for a manual transmission on a car like this, not another helping of weak-sauce auto boxes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They aren't pining to drive a manual, they're pining for Subaru to wake up and enter the 21st century.

        My 1999 Mystique has a 4 speed automatic. Twelve years later and Subaru has the same number of gears in a car that registers upwards of $20K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its an additional mirror to remove the blindspot on the passenger side. I kind of dig it. If I had a Forester, i'd consider sourcing it. Though its usefulness would be diminished considering it would be on the driver's side here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For most large vehicles like that it would be very helpful, but the Forester not so much. I have a 2009 Forester XT, and it's like driving in a fish tank with all of the windows it has. The visibility on it is amazing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A five speed auto is equally antiquated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the 5EAT is not as old as the 4EAT.

        The 5-speed unit has had Variable Torque Distribution AWD much more prevalently than the 4EAT. Most of the 4EAT gearboxes had Front-biased AWD, although some of the JDM SVX 4EAT, and possibly other high end JDM 4EAT units had VTD, that the US didn't get until the 5EAT came along.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So.. basically this is just a rehash of the old Forester ST/B?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A performance wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on SOA, offer that engine and tranny combo here in the US. The other stuff would be nice, but I would not be upset if the 2012 XT was revised with that engine/tranny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tells you something about Subaru when people are happy about getting a 5AT when they should be screaming for a MT
        • 4 Years Ago
        that people who want a mt buy the wrx/sti and those who buy small suvs normally don't?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mediocre styling. Mediocre Brand. That's really "what makes a Subaru, a Subaru."
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have never driven a Subaru.
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