2008 SEMA Show: Subaru Forester XTI Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

Subaru has revealed today the new Forester XTI Concept. It will be featured at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show, which runs at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 4 to 7 of this year. The Forester XTI Concept merges the adaptability of the all-new Forester 2.5XT with the maximum street performance of the rally-bred Impreza WRX STI.

All new for 2009, the Forester was named MOTOR TREND magazine's SUV of the Year. The magazine highly praised the new Forester's blend of performance, utility, comfort, safety technology and value in giving it the honor. "The Subaru Forester is the SUV for our times," said MOTOR TREND editor Angus MacKenzie, referring to the judges' unanimous decision.

The new Forester XTI Concept has an acceleration rate of 0-60 in less than 5 seconds, exactly as the Spyker D12 Peking to Paris! Can a vehicle be both extremely stylish and practical? The Subaru Forester XTI responds with a spacious interior and a lot of turbo power.

The Forester XTI ultra-performance CUV takes over the full STI treatment, with components developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The "Wicked" part includes the styling, which is started out 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 coupled by a JDM body kit, with side skirts, a rear skirt and a gate spoiler. The technicians of Subaru of America who designed and built the XTI, installed the engine and whole drivetrain from the Impreza WRX STI.

A custom stainless steel cat-back exhaust system from the Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT) catalog helps to raise output in the Forester XTI 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 is channeled through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and the Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) variant of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. In addition to six manual center differential-locking settings, the DCCD system also gives three driver selectable automatic performance modes. The STI 18 x 8-inch S204 forged alloy wheels are wrapped in Advan Neova 255/40R18 high performance tires from Yokohama.

The Forester XTI also highlights an adjustable coil-over suspension by STI. The powerful Brembo brakes come directly 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 offers high-grade leather and Alcantara sport seats, a unique instrument cluster, front dash and center console and steering wheel wrapped in high-grade leather.

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