Subaru previews upcoming sporty Forester with S-Edition concept

Subaru is giving us a preview of an upcoming sports variant of the Forester with the Forester S-Edition concept car, recently launched at the Sydney Motor Show.

The S-Edition is based on the Forester XT. However, the S-Edition has power from the turbocharged 2.5L engine boosted up to 259 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque. This power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed paddle shifter automatic gearbox. To make sure it handles well, Subaru’s fitted sports suspension to it as well.

Other changes include 17-inch STI wheels, various styling touch-ups, Alcantara seat trim, new instruments, and drilled alloy pedals.

It all sounds promising. Hopefully Subaru won’t tone it down for production, and will bring it to North America as well. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in a manual gearbox either.

Press Release

15 Oct 2010

An exciting Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester concept with some strong clues pointing to a new variant next year has been unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

The Forester S-Edition concept, making its worldwide debut in Sydney, builds on the turbocharged following of the existing Forester XT.

Forester S-Edition’s turbocharged 2.5 litre 193 Kilowatt engine is 24 kW more powerful than the XT and produces 347 Newtonmetres of torque, up 27 Nm.

Other significant additions include:

– Paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox
– Revised sports suspension
– Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive
– Exclusive styling accents
– STI 17-inch high lustre alloy wheels
– Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos
– Drilled alloy pedals
– Luminescent instruments with centre design unique to the model
– Forester S-Edition badging

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “We’re delighted and honoured that Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) have chosen Sydney for the worldwide unveil of this Forester concept.

“It points towards an exciting development in our Forester range early next year.

“Forester is firmly established as Australia’s best selling compact sports utility vehicle, with the most recent addition to the range being the diesel variants that are proving a sales winner for our All-Wheel Drive brand.

“There’s no denying Forester’s appeal to Australians in both urban and rural environments, so we think this concept will only add to the huge interest,” added Mr Senior.

Today’s unveil follows FHI’s recent announcement of its first all-new new engine in 21 years, which will debut on normally aspirated Foresters in Australia in early 2011.

The third-generation four cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer engine will launch as a 2.5 litre in Australia.

It features a longer stroke, compact combustion chamber and lighter moving parts.

Forester remains Australia’s best-selling compact sports utility vehicle year-to-date, with recently launched diesel variants drawing even more customers to the multi-award-winning model.

Since going on the market in June, diesel variants have represented 29 per cent of Forester sales.

Along with every vehicle in the Subaru range, Forester has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the respected Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and is protected by DataDot security.

Source: Subaru and Autoblog

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