Forester gets the STi treatment in performance-tuned crossover specially made for Russia.
As much as it may be known now for the BRZ, and among certain circles for the Outback, Subaru's reputation is staked largely on the WRX STi. The rally-bred compact is a favorite among enthusiasts, and Subaru is keen to sprinkle some of that particular fairy dust across its range. This time it has rolled out a special edition of its Forester crossover exclusively for the Russian market. Unveiled at the ongoing Moscow Motor Show, the Forester tS benefits from an injection of high-performance attitude.
The first thing you may have noticed is the STi-inspired electric blue paint and gold wheels, but the appeal of the Forester tS lies more than skin-deep. Standing for Turbo Sport, the Forester tS gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four with 263 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic, the special-edition crossover is quoted at a 6.5-second sprint to 62 and a 139-mph top speed. A sport-tuned suspension also gives it a reduced ride height, sportier bumpers front and rear and a roof spoiler give it a meaner look, while STi emblems adorn the body and cabin. Only 99 examples will be sold exclusively in Mother Russia at 2,130,000 rubles (about $65k).