Subaru Builds WRX-Like Forester S-Edition Concept
We rather like Subaru's Forester, especially when fitted with a turbocharged flat-four. Such an engine can be had in the current Forester 2.5XT model, but those dead set on mixing WRX performance with crossover practicality may appreciate the company's new XT S-Edition Concept.
Prepared by Subaru's Australian wing, the XT S-Edition reportedly previews a new trim level that is destined for the Aussie market early next year. Power comes courtesy of a WRX-spec turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four, which cranks out 260 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque. That's roughly five horsepower less than a standard WRX, but an increase of roughly 36 ponies compared to the 2.5XT. Power is sent to Subaru's all-wheel-drive system via a five-speed automatic transmission.
According to the manufacturer's release, Subaru has also revised the Forester's suspension and all-wheel-drive systems for a sportier feel, although the precise details have yet to be revealed. Cosmetic revisions, however, are easy to spot. Clear turn signal indicators, STI-sourced 17-inch aluminum wheels, and special emblems are applied to the Forester's exterior, while the interior receives Alcantara-trimmed seating, drilled aluminum sport pedals, and unique gauges.
At this stage, the S-Edition shown here is simply a show car, but much like Cadillac's CTS-V Wagon show vehicle, this model will reach showroom floors. Subaru has only revealed that the Forester XT S-Edition is destined for Australia, but we hope that the model isn't locked to one specific market, as was the case with the JDM Forester STI.
2015 Subaru Forester SpecificationsVIEW ALL
|Fair Market Price||$21,006|
|Editors' Overall Rating|
|Mileage||22 City / 29 Highway|
|Horse Power||170 hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||174 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm|