Subaru's performance arm STi is to broaden its scope to include more cars like the Russian-market Forester TS
Jim Holder
29 August 2012

Subaru is to expand the scope of its STi performance brand, launching more models such as the Forester TS as revealed at the Moscow motor show.

The Subaru Forester TS has only previously been sold in Japan, and features more aggressive interior and exterior styling, including STi badging, as well as reworked suspension with STi sport springs and shock absorbers. It is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 259bhp and 256lb ft of torque.

A company insider told Autocar that Subaru was looking to leverage it's STi brand more assertively, and that the decision to offer the Forester TS in Russia was a test of the market ahead of launching more products.

"Russia is the perfect market to trial sales of a more aggressive Forester," said the insider. "but it's clear that STi's abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets. Confining them to WRX projects doesn't make sense when the demand is there."

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29 August 2012

they sell very similer product in Aus called the Subaru Forester S edition.

with WRX spec engine and STI double clutch transmission / suspension bits.



29 August 2012

STi always reminds me of something else completely seperate from cars !?

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29 August 2012

looks nice I"d have one


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