At the 2012 Moscow Auto Show this week Subaru unveiled a new version of the Forester SUV that so far has only been sold in Japan. That version is the Forester TS, which has been tuned by STI and features a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque on tap.
According to Autocar, Subaru will be gauging the sales performance of the STI-tuned Forester TS in the Russian market, with a view to offer more STI models in other markets, including in the U.S.
“It's clear that STI's abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets,” a company insider said. “Confining them to WRX projects doesn't make sense when the demand is there.”
An obvious place to start would be the launch of a Subaru BRZ STI, a model that's already been previewed in concept form and is reportedly in the works. Another possibility, one hinted at by the Forester TS, would be an STI-enhanced version of the next-generation Forester due out next year. Of course, Subaru won’t be forgetting its core WRX model, so chances are its successor will also feature a potent STI variant.