2011 Subaru Forester S-Edition Previewed By Forester tS In Japan?

Mike Stevens | Oct 28, 2010

Less than a month after its unveiling in concept form at the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS), Subaru has today unveiled the Japanese-market 2011 Subaru Forester tS.

Virtually identical to the Forester S-Edition concept unveiled by Subaru in Sydney earlier this month, the Forester tS offers a glimpse of what we might see in the carmaker's Australian line-up early next year.

Speaking at AIMS this year, Subaru Australia MD Nick Senior confirmed that a special range-topping Forester is on the way.

“We’re delighted and honoured that Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) have chosen Sydney for the worldwide unveil of this Forester concept," Subaru Australia Managing Director Nick Senior said.

“It points towards an exciting development in our Forester range early next year."

As with the S-Edition concept, the Forester tS is powered by the same turbocharged 2.5 litre boxer engine featuring in the automatic-equipped 2011 WRX, producing193kW and 347Nm of torque (up 24kW and 27Nm on the Forester XT).

As with the auto WRX, the Forester tS is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission and steering column-mounted paddle gear shifters.

The Forester tS also gets an STI-modified 15mm-lower suspension package, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust outlets flanking a rear lower spoiler, and a new sports bumper up front - different even to the example used with the S-Edition.

Australia

Speaking with TMR today, Subaru Australia's David Rowley confirmed that there are no plans to launch the Japanese domestic-spec Forester tS in Australia.

It remains to be seen exactly what the has in store for Forester buyers, but a top-shelf Forest S-Edition with similar specifications seems likely.

One thing seems certain: that fender mirror has to go...

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  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    4 years ago
    Eish..... they really need to sack the designers at Subaru! Those awful designs are taking all the shine off the great engines and drivetrains!
    • harlem says,
      4 years ago
      I dunno, I think it looks ok with that front end work. Not a huge fan of the current generation of Subies, but this looks promising. Reckon they'll sell like hotcakes, lots of grown-up wrx owners with familes now who still like to feel like a boy racer. I'll hold my judgement til we see the final Oz-spec.
      • 288gto
        288gto says,
        4 years ago
        Def sell well with the "mid-life crisis" blokes smile
        • Tocam says,
          4 years ago
          Not sure if they will sell like hotcakes, but the mid-life crisis comment above is plain stupid. If you have been to Japan and South East Asia, the Forester are very popular among the young people, not just people with families of ones suffering from the crisis you mentioned about.
          • 288gto
            288gto says,
            4 years ago
            You do know that when comments end with a smile it usually means it was a small joke. Get a friggin sense of humor mate!
  • super matthew
    Super Mattthew says,
    4 years ago
    It's not THAT stupid a comment. The previous generation Forester GTs have been popular, but they've also had manual transmissions and a full-powered STI engine. This one's detuned, because of the piss-weak automatic transmission Subaru has plonked in it.
    • Ward Paterson says,
      4 years ago
      Needs moar Manual.....

      I like the front end, but wouldnt swap it for my 2009 STI Spec R

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