Subaru Australia has announced the Forester tS special edition will go on sale next month for $54,990 plus on-road costs.

It was back in November 2014 when Subaru introduced a spicy Forester tS in its domestic market where only 300 units were available. The same quantity is now up for grabs in Australia where Subaru’s local division will start selling the model from June with plenty of STI bits and pieces.

However, Aussies will be disappointed to hear the version for the Land Down Under lacks the power bump of the JDM version which had 280 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 newton meters) of torque. That means the Forester tS AU Spec is stuck with the 240-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivered through a CVT to the all-wheel-drive system.

Despite being down on power, the special edition already seems to be a huge hit as Subaru Australia says customers have shown great interest in the model. The local version is based on the Forester XT Premium and comes with $12,000 worth of extra content for a price increase of only $7,000. Some of the niceties include a black front grille, Brembo brakes, 19-inch Enkei wheels, along with STI-tuned parts such as the dampers and coil springs which lower the crossover by 15 mm.

Buyers will be able to order the Forester tS with a Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica or WR Blue and regardless of selection all will come with a black interior trim. Speaking of the interior, Subaru Tecnica International has also fiddled with the cabin which is home to plenty of badges, a red push button start, red accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and suede door trims.

All these goodies and limited availability should make the Forester tS “one of the first collectible SUVs,” according to Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior. It’s bound to hit dealerships in June.

Source: Subaru Australia

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