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Subaru Forester STI Sport: Sounds sharp, but stays lukewarm

Subaru has introduced a new STI Sport model variant of the Forester in Japan. However, it did not become an SUV with WRX genes.

The Japanese all-wheel drive specialist Subaru introduced the new Sport trim level for the Forester to its home market in 2020, which was coupled to the 1.8-liter turbo boxer with direct fuel injection taken from the Levorg. However, it only provides 177 hp and a maximum of 300 Nm of torque. The subject of sport was not exaggerated in terms of the motor.,

No performance upgrade

In the summer of 2021, the Forester received a facelift , which was also launched in Germany for the 2022 model year. In addition to the sports equipment, Subaru now ennobles this refreshed Forester with an STI abbreviation in Japan. The fan community immediately thinks of lavishly spoiled rally cars with brute turbo power under the protected hood. But puff cake. Even if Subaru puts the legendary abbreviation on the Forester Sport, it remains at 177 hp and 300 Nm, which is served by a little sporty CVT transmission and all-wheel drive.

Rather, the STI idea is expressed in the Forester in an extended sports equipment. Newly tuned spring elements should give the SUV dynamic handling despite its long-legged nature. High-gloss black add-on parts on the aprons, the side skirts and the exterior mirrors promise a little more body pep. Total STI are the corresponding lettering on the radiator grille and the tailgate. The new look is rounded off by specially designed 18-inch alloy wheels.,

In the interior, Sport STI buyers can look forward to nappa leather seat covers in the Bordeaux red/black color combination. The two-tone leather interior also extends to the dashboard and the door panels, complemented by piano lacquer applications and red contrasting stitching. The digital cockpit presents itself with somewhat sportier STI graphics.

The new Subaru Forester Sport STI will be launched in Japan at the end of August. Then there should be prizes. For other markets for which the new equipment variant has not yet been provided.,


Subaru is now giving Japanese customers the Sport STI version as an upgrade to the sport equipment in the Forester. Apart from an even more sporty chassis, a few black add-on parts and a two-tone leather interior, the Japanese have not given the SUV anything. Anyone who associates more power with STI will be disappointed.


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