The local unit of the Japanese automaker has recently announced the availability of the Forester tS limited series, reaching dealerships in June starting from $54,990 plus on-road costs.
The model harkens back to the Forester tS that was sold as an exclusive Subaru Japan special edition – of which just 300 examples were available for fans. The spicy model is now making the jump to Australia where it will have the same production capacity – of 300 units – and the local division of the automaker will cater to expectations using a plethora of STI bits and pieces. Unfortunately for the Australian fans, the power increase from the JDM-spec Forester tS has been left out – the Japanese special edition had under the hood 280 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton meters) of torque. Instead, the Forester tS AU-spec remains the same 240-hp powered car thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, mated to a CVT and a symmetrical all wheel drive system.
The Forester tS has been developed starting from the Forester XT Premium and adds $12,000 worth of extra content – the price bump being of only $7,000. Among the highlights we can mention the black front grille, Brembo brakes, 19-inch Enkei wheels, as well as STI enhanced parts like the dampers and coil springs which lower the SUV by 15 mm. There’s a black interior trim and exterior paints include Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica or WR Blue. The Subaru Tecnica International touches in the cabin include badges, a red push button start, red accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and suede door trims.