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GTDriver 10-31-2008 08:29 AM

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- 315-Horsepower Crossover with WRX(R) STI(R) Engine, 6-Speed Transmission - DCCD All-Wheel Drive and Brembo Brakes from WRX STI

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today
revealed the Forester(R) XTI Concept. It will be unveiled to the public at the
2008 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show, which runs at
the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 4-7. The Forester XTI Concept combines
the versatility of the all-new Forester 2.5XT with the all-out street
performance of the rally-bred Impreza(R) WRX STI.
All new for 2009, the Forester was named MOTOR TREND magazine's SUV of the
Year. The magazine applauded the new Forester's combination of performance,
utility, comfort, safety technology and value in giving it the award. MOTOR
TREND editor Angus MacKenzie, citing the judges' unanimous decision, said,
"The Subaru Forester is the SUV for our times." The new Forester XTI Concept
is an SUV for 0-60 times, estimated to hit the mark in less than 5 seconds.

Practically Wicked

Can a vehicle be both wicked and practical? The Subaru Forester XTI
answers with a roomy interior and a lot of turbo boost. The Forester XTI
ultra-performance CUV inherits the full STI treatment, with parts developed by
Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the high-performance and motorsports
subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

The "Wicked" portion starts with the styling, which is set off by a custom
Atmospheric "Re-Entry" paint scheme. 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.

Designed and built by Subaru of America technicians, the crew installed
the engine and entire drivetrain from the Impreza WRX STI. In the Forester
XTI, a custom stainless steel cat-back exhaust system from the Subaru
Performance Tuning (SPT) catalog helps to raise output of the 2.5-liter
intercooled turbo engine to 315 hp (from 305 stock) and 300 lb.-ft. of torque
(from 290 lb.-ft. stock). As in the WRX STI, power flows through a close-ratio
6-speed manual transmission and the Driver Controlled Center Differential
(DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The DCCD system offers
three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to six manual center
differential-locking settings.

The 18 x 8-in. S204 forged alloy wheels are by STI and are wrapped in
Yokohama Advan Neova 255/40R18 performance tires. The Forester XTI also
features an adjustable coil-over suspension by STI. The powerful Brembo brakes
come right from the stock WRX STI, with 4-piston front calipers, 2-piston rear
calipers, Super Sport ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Inside, the Forester XTI features leather and Alcantara sport seats, a special
instrument cluster, front dash and center console and leather-wrapped steering

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company
markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and
accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States.
Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on
R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end
2007. In addition, Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel
drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in
zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the
only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife
Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit

GTDriver 10-31-2008 08:30 AM

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allstar 10-31-2008 08:36 AM

Coilovers? hmmmmmm.:)

Opie 10-31-2008 08:46 AM

Double wow!!

But will they actually produce it?

heightsgtltd 10-31-2008 08:56 AM

They are also doing this one

heightsgtltd 10-31-2008 08:57 AM

Looks like they have decided that the Forester is their meal ticket :spin:

heightsgtltd 10-31-2008 08:58 AM

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How come they never do anything like this with the Legacy? I understand now isnt a great time as they are redoing the legacy but stil...

At least they took out the "hot" 4speed auto :rolleyes:

unclemat 10-31-2008 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by heightsgtltd (Post 2135261)

Interesting. They should put low-range gearbox in it.

Locking differentials would be interesting as well, although I guess they think VDC is enough. Perhaps it is if coupled with VTD (does Forester 4EAT have VTD?).

Defiant Autospeed 10-31-2008 09:17 AM


Originally Posted by heightsgtltd (Post 2135263)
Looks like they have decided that the Forester is their meal ticket :spin:

Its fully 70% of what this dealership and all the dealerships around us sell.
We sell MAYBE 1 Legacy a month. Seriously, we have sold 2 since I started here 3 months ago.

(I also sell Subaru cars)

SubOperator 10-31-2008 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by unclemat (Post 2135277)
Interesting. They should put low-range gearbox in it.

like the one found on EDM Subarus.

christurismohk 10-31-2008 11:29 AM


the crew installed
the engine and entire drivetrain from the Impreza WRX STI.
Is the engine from the new Forester XT different from the STI?

godwhomismike 10-31-2008 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by christurismohk (Post 2135498)
Is the engine from the new Forester XT different from the STI?

The turbo, intercooler, and a few other things are different.


unclemat 10-31-2008 12:04 PM

I believe starting from 07+ blocks are different, too. Only in 04-06 STI shared block with LGT/FXT.

IwannaSportSedan 10-31-2008 12:16 PM

They should be doing a hotted-up send-off for the Legacy GT, to usher in the new model. But SEMA is not likely where that would happen, not that it will happen at all.

The hotted up forester looks ok, but blacking it out and lowering it just makes it look like a big black box. Whoopie. I'm sure it is fun, because it is a Subaru underneath... but it's still an SUV, also.

Now the Mountain Rescue deal, that is what an SUV is for, and for an off-roader, that looks good.

As much as I love the EJ25 Turbo... that thing needs different engine options. 3.6 H6 with a 5EAT equipped with low range, VTD, and electro-mechanical locking differentials.

OR a turbo diesel boxer with the same transmission and drivetrain, or a very robust manual transmission, maybe a properly geared 6MT, with low range, and the same AWD. (VTD/DCCD doesn't work with the 5MT...)

I can't help but think that the Mountain rescue version should be chopped down into two-door and 4-door unibody pickup truck versions, a what a new Brat could be, and what the Baja SHOULD have been, with the above 6-cyl or diesel engine options, and top-end AWD. With brakes and driveline oil cooling enough for Class III Towing. (500lbs tongue, 5000lbs gross wt.)

GTDriver 10-31-2008 02:03 PM

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