It’ll be a while before the latest Subaru Forester arrives on our shores, but in the meantime TC Subaru Sdn. Bhd. can offer you the Forester 2.0 STI Performance variant instead as something ‘new’. Fans of the brand will recognise the STI Performance name as it has been used for the XV before. For those who don’t, I’ll let you know right now that despite using the letters STI, this enhancement is more for looks than anything else.
So the FB20 2.0-litre engine is pretty much untouched as used in the Forester 2.0i-P which makes 150ps at 6,200rpm and 198Nm of torque at 4,200Nm. The only change in the engine bay is a swap to an STI air filter. Other performance-related changes are use of STI brake pads and a strut bar.
Other than that the Forester 2.0 STI Performance comes with STI front and rear under spoilers, front grille, and cargo step panel. The cabin, meanwhile, gets premium carpet mats, STI leather-wrapped gear knob, side sill plate and two-tone leather seats.
Other standard features include X-MODE, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (S-AWD) as well as Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). Additionally, the sporty SUV also contains seven airbags.
Prices of the Subaru Forester 2.0 STI Performance start from RM135,288 (OTR without insurance).