Subaru Unveils Forester XTI Concept with WRX STI Engine
Following the Forester Mountain Rescue Concept Subaru has revealed a second SEMA concept, the Forester XTI, which makes its debut next week in Las Vegas.
Equipped with the engine and drivetrain from the Impreza WRX STI the 2.5-liter intercooled turbo engine makes 315hp (305hp standard) and 300 lb.-ft. of torque (290 lb.-ft. standard). The new Forester XTI Concept is estimated to crack 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds.
The XTI Concept styling receives a custom Atmospheric "Re-Entry" paint job. The front lower spoiler and Sport Mesh Grille are from the Subaru Genuine Accessory catalog and are joined by a JDM body kit, including side skirts, a rear skirt and a gate spoiler.
The previous second generation Forester received the STI treatment in 2005 with 320hp but was only available in Japan. Now the unveiling of this concept on American soil suggests the new 2008 third generation Forester STI may get exported to North America and beyond.