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Subaru Puts WRX Motor In The New Forester

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On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Puts WRX Motor In The New Forester

Subaru's turbocharged boxer four from the WRX is a modern day classic. Subaru has decided to combine the fun and power of that engine with practicality and utility in the form of a WRX-boxer-four-powered Forester. The company's Australian arm released a concept called the S-Edition for the Sydney-based Australian International Motor Show.

The new concept derives 260 horses and 256 lb-ft of torque from the WRX's turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four. That's slightly down from the WRX's 265 output, but is nearly 40 hp over Subaru's current most powerful SUV: the Forester 2.5XT. That 250 lb-ft of torque is channeled to all four wheels via a five-speed paddle-shift transmission. Subaru hasn't commited to all the details on other performance modifications, but it has indicated the S-Edition gets sportier tuning in the all-wheel-drive and suspension departments. The all-wheel-drive will feature Variable Torque Distribution.

As far as exterior modifications, the new Forester concept gets some distinct elements including 17-inch STI alloy wheels and badging around the body. Inside, accents like drilled alloy pedals, Alcantara seat trim, S-Edition badging, and redesigned instrument panel will distinguish the S-Edition from lesser Foresters.

Nick Senior director of Subaru Australia said of the concept in a press release: "It points towards an exciting development in our Forester range early next year. Forester is firmly established as Australia’s best selling compact sports utility vehicle, with the most recent addition to the range being the diesel variants that are proving a sales winner for our All-Wheel Drive brand. There’s no denying Forester’s appeal to Australians in both urban and rural environments, so we think this concept will only add to the huge interest."

So we can assume; the concept previews a production model to launch next year in Australia, Forester's home turf. There's no indication yet whether Subaru plans to ship this one to other markets around the world, but we're sure hoping so. I know I'd love to get WRX power and play in a bigger, badder package.

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