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Subaru launches the limited run STi tuned Forester tS in Japan

By Rigval on 04 Nov 2010

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Subaru has finally brought out a STI (Subaru Tecnica International) tuned Forester for its Japan Domestic Market (JDM) with the Forester tS. This is the second tS model after the Legacy tS which Subaru debuted last June. The tS moniker basically stands for Tuned By STi and is basically a Subaru with some STi performance bits, unlike the full monty Impreza STi which is basically designed from the outset by Subaru’s tuning arm, STi.

The Forester tS, will be equipped with the 2.5liter flat-four ‘Boxer’ engine that is rated at 263PS and pushes out 347Nm of torque. It also comes with STi specific suspension, which has STi lower arms at the front and strengthening bars for the rear, different spring rates, STi tuned absorbers and different (most likely thicker) anti-roll bars and suspension strut bar for the front top mounts.

The car has keyless go, a red started button, STi badging plastered on the air-cond vents and steering wheel as well as some nice scuff plates. The leather seats have ‘STi’ embossed on them and if that isn’t enough, the optitron type meter cluster also has the words ‘STi’ on them.

The exterior sports a slightly more aggressive grille and a rear bumper with some diffuser-like rear valance. The rims are 12spoke grey colored alloys on what still looks like proper high profile SUV type tires. Note that this new STi tuned Forester isn’t like the earlier 2nd Generation SG series JDM Forester STi which comes with low profile tires as well as a lowered suspension. This Forester tS only comes with 15mm of lowering.

I suppose when Subaru made this SH series Frosty (as they are nicknamed) it decided for it to enter the mainstream SUV market. It wasn’t like a half-breed, extra tall station wagon like the Frosties of old. So even this STi tuned version gets a proper SUV type suspension and wheels. Not that I am complaining, as if I wanted a sporty Scooby, I’d get the Impreza.

Anyway, I am babbling here. This Forester tS is a JDM market 300 unit limited run vehicle. I hope that some grey importers will bring a few of them into our region soon.

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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



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Lucaswh Nov 04 2010 01:21 PM
it's still an auto.. mellow.gif
Greggywong Nov 05 2010 09:46 AM
- the rear diffuser macham copy from mugen honda civic type r (I could be wrong)
- brakes macham stock for an STI

Sigh, now I know why my SH09 bought early this year doesn't come with Wrx blue colour!! They were already planning for this STI Forester..sob..sob!!
Rigval Nov 06 2010 10:53 AM
my condolences to you greggywong. BUT, As for the stock looking brakes, I think it actually is the same thing as this isn't a full blown STI model. That's why they're calling it the tS.

Everyone's doing rear diffusers...so they may look alike.
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