Subaru Forester 2.0 STI Performance edition – RM135k

TC Subaru has announced a new variant of the Subaru Forester in Malaysia – the Forester 2.0 STI Performance. The new variant sees the SUV get sporty exterior and interior add-ons, and some STI badges, of course.

The Forester 2.0 STI Performance sports a dark grille with honeycomb mesh and an STI under spoiler in front; the latter is matched at the back with a rear under spoiler, which sits below a cargo step panel. There’s also an “STI Performance” badge below the rear Forester 2.0i-P emblem – that’s the variant this car is based on.

The STI Performance also comes with an STI flexible tower bar under the hood, STI brake pads and an STI air filter; all of which are more high performance than stock items.

Inside, the enhanced Forester gets leather seats with “premium carpet mats,” an STI leather shift knob and side sill plates. TC Subaru doesn’t elaborate, but we can spot red sides, red stitching and a suede-like middle section on the black leather seats. The floor mats have red piping and Forester logos, while the side sill plates read “Subaru”.

That’s as far as the STI enhancements go. The Forester 2.0 STI Performance is powered by the same 2.0 litre naturally aspirated boxer engine as the 2.0i-P, making 150 PS and 198 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The FB20 is paired with a Lineartronic CVT automatic and the brand’s signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system with X-Mode and hill descent control. Seven airbags are standard.

The locally-assembled Subaru Forester 2.0 STI Performance starts from RM135,288 on-the-road without insurance. The new variant will be at all Subaru showrooms this weekend, September 22-23.

GALERY: Subaru Forester 2.0i-P