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Subaru Forester S-Edition

Revealed back in October 2010 at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the Subaru Forester S-Edition is now available for sale in Australia, together with the revised lineup of this SUV. This model is equipped with a 2.5-liter boxer engine that outputs 259 hp (193 kW) and 256 lb.-ft (347 Nm) of torque – making it the most powerful Forester model ever made.

Subaru Forester S-Edition

According to Nick Senior, who is Subaru’s Managing Director in Australia: “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.” He added that this model combines two of the best formulas launched by the Japanese automaker – WRX and Forester, the latter is the most popular compact SUV in the country.

Subaru Forester S-Edition

This 259 hp engine is mated to a 5-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox that is capable of sending all that power with the help of the proprietary Variable Torque Distribution AWD system. In order to improve the handling of this S-Edition, the engineers over at Subaru fitted the car with a sport suspension and 17-inch alloys, dubbed Subaru Tecnica International (STi) that are covered by 22/55 R17 Yokohama tires.

Subaru Forester S-Edition

The car offers plenty of torque even in the low rpm area  and constant between 2,800 rpm – 4,800 rpm. This S-Edition of the Forester can do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 6.5 seconds, onto a respectable top speed of 142 mph. These performances come at a price because the fuel consumption is not that good, standing at 22.4 mpg in a combined cycle.

Subaru Forester S-Edition

Other modifications over the regular model include the World Rally Blue color option (available for a limited period), silver roof rails; various chrome accents and a black grille.

Inside this Forester you will find (if you live in Australia) sports seats clad in a combination of leather and Alcantara, “S-Edition” seat embroidery that is complemented by the blue stitching, special gear shifter and a sporty instrument display.

The starting price for the Subaru Forester S-Edition is AUD $50,900 (about US $51,301).

The revised regular models now feature a 2.5-liter power unit that produces 170 hp (127 kW) and 174 lb.-ft (235 Nm) of torque. In addition, the new Forester benefits from a redesigned front grille and a dashboard that sports a darker finish with matching metallic accents. As standard, the SUV comes with seats clad in a more water-resistant color trim, USB support and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, the XS models and above benefit from reversing cameras as a standard feature.

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Ok, have you ever thought what would result from an Impreza WRX STi mating with a Forester? Neither did we. But apparently Subaru thought about this and announced the Forester tS which will be available in the Japanese market. Powered by a 263 hp (193 kW) 2.5-liter Boxer engine delivering 347 Nm of torque and, most important, will feature a few STi parts, like the specially tuned suspension with upgraded dampers and springs and flexible front and rear sway bars.

There will be only 300 units made and, like we said before, it will only be available in Japan.

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It seems that Subaru wants to further expand its presence in the crossover market, and might launch a more powerful version of its popular Forester entry-level model.

According to a report coming from Australia, of all places, the Japanese company might deliver a power boost to the Forester in order to appeal those who want improved performance, and to one-up rivals like the Toyota RAV4 or the Mazda CX-7.

This model will be destined for the global market, unlike the special 322 HP Forester STI that has been selling in Japan for the last five years. More details will be known in the following weeks, but a more powerful entry-level crossover sounds pretty good.

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The Subaru Forester won this year’s MotorTrend’s Sport/Utility Of The Year and we really think the car deserves the the award. This summer we had the chance to test drive the car, and we were really impressed with its performance, especially on offroad. On normal roads and in the city, we weren’t very impressed with it, but then again, we had the 150 hp 2.0 petrol engine, while MotorTrend had the chance to see it at work with the more powerful 230 hp 2.5 XT engine.

And here’s how MotorTrend justified their pick: “It takes only a few miles to begin to appreciate the Forester’s many virtues. It does everything most SUV buyers need-with more off-road capability than they’ll likely use-yet remains friendly and carlike in its character. In many ways, the Forester represents the new SUV paradigm; it’s the right vehicle for the times.”

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Some time ago, we had the chance to drive the Subaru Outback powered by the 2.0 liter boxer diesel engine and we really loved the car and the way it drives. And now, more good news from Subaru. The Paris Motor Show will mark the debut of the boxer engine on two more Subaru models, the Forester and the Impreza. Already available on the Legacy and the Outback, the boxer diesel will develop 148 hp at 3,600 rpm on the Impreza and 145 on the Forester, while both models will deliver 258 lb.-ft. of torque at 1800 to 2400 rpm. Except the six-speed manual transmission on the Impreza, both model are similar to the petrol powered versions.

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After some time ago I had the chance to drive the Outback, now I got another car from Subaru for test drive, the new Forester. I really liked the Outback and I was expecting even more from the Forester, because I heard a lot of people saying it’s a great car. So, after I picked up the car from the dealer I decided to head to a very interesting location, the Mud Volcanoes, because I had the chance to check out the car both on highway and off-road.

The Forester’s exterior looks great. I really hated the previous generation, with that large wagon look. The interior is much more ‘spartan’ than the Outback’s. It’s true that I had the top-of-the-line Outback and a cheaper Forester, but still, I didn’t like it very much. To read the full review, please click here.

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