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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
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