Subaru has unveiled the Forester tS in Japan.
Looking decidedly more aggressive than the standard model, the Forester tS features front and rear spoilers, an STI-branded grille and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. The crossover also has a tailgate-mounted spoiler, black accents and a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the ride height by 15mm.
The sport styling continues in the cabin as there's leather / Ultrasuede sport seats with red contrast stitching and embossed STI logos. The model also has a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and piano black accents. Other notable highlights include an STI-branded speedometer, a push-button ignition and additional sound deadening material.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has been equipped with an optimized ECU. This enables the engine to produce 280 PS (206 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which has a revised TCU (Transmission Control Unit) and a new oil cooler.
Speaking of performance, the Forester tS has a retuned suspension, a strut tower brace, a flexible rear subframe support and flexible front / rear draw stiffeners. The model also has ventilated Brembo brakes with STI-branded calipers.
Production will be limited to 300 units and pricing starts at ¥4,350,000 ($36,875 / €29,565 / £23,495).