2015 Subaru Forester tS (STI-Enhanced) Now Available in Japan

The good news is that Subaru’s Forester will now come in a new STI-enhanced variant. The bad news is that only 300 will be available and they’ll be exclusive to the Japanese domestic market.

Developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the 2015 Subaru Forester tS, as it’s known, went on sale in Japan a couple of days ago. But before you start sulking that it won’t be made available further afield, you should realise that we’re not talking about a fully-fledged Forester STI like the Impreza WRX STI, for example.

Instead, the Forester tS – which apparently stands for ‘tuned by Subaru Tecnica International Inc’ – is pretty much the same as the day-to-day 2.0XT model but with a some choice STI performance and styling enhancements added. These off-the-shelf STI parts have turned Subaru’s standard SUV into one that feels a little bit sportier.

The most obvious features are its lowered suspension, 19-inch BBS alloy wheels and black STI grille with red pin stripe. Oh, plus the STI bumpers front and back, ventilated Brembos on all four corners and a tweaked ECU for improved engine response.

Inside, the Forester tS gets, amongst other things, a luminescent sports speedometer, STI-emblazoned leather steering wheel and sleek black leather and suede upholstery, which of course is finished with red stitching.

The fact that the Forester tS doesn’t boast any significant engine mods worth writing home about means that we can expect to see roughly the same 250-horsepower that the 2.0XT puts out; although some reports are putting the power at nearer to 276-hp. Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission, which sends power to all four wheels, is also included and now has an added oil cooler.

Prices are set to start from 4,350,000 yen (approximately $36,800), which isn’t bad when you consider that the Forester XT Touring will set you back almost $34,000 in the U.S.

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