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Here are a couple of posts from the STi-Mlist about the new forester. I'm more excited about this news than I am about the new STi. I always dug the shape of the forester. It's like a bigger version of the RS :) 2.5 turbo! Engine swap anyone?


Press Release Source: Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Introduces Turbocharged Forester 2.5 XT at Chicago Auto Show; New
210-Horsepower Model Puts the `Sport' in Small SUV Segment
Wednesday February 12, 4:11 pm ET

# CHICAGO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced
Forester 2.5 XT, a new higher-performance version of its popular Forester
sport-utility vehicle (
Powered by a 210-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter boxer
engine, Forester 2.5 XT adds a unique new driving element to the small SUV
segment. As with all Subaru models, Forester 2.5 XT comes equipped exclusively
with standard full-time All-Wheel Drive. The new model will arrive in Subaru
showrooms this summer.(Photo: )

Forester 2.5 XT is the first model in the small-SUV segment to emphasize such a
high level of refined performance -- until now, sport-oriented models were
reserved for the luxury SUV category. The increased performance in the 2.5 XT
model enhances sporty driving while fully preserving the "Best of Both Worlds"
crossover SUV design approach.

Forester blends positive SUV attributes such as a command driving position and
interior versatility with the comfort and excellent driving dynamics of a
passenger car. A responsive 4-wheel independent suspension, variable-ratio
power rack-and-pinion steering and 16-inch wheels and tires make Forester 2.5
XT equally adept at taming twisty back roads and absorbing the bumps of an
off-pavement trail.

Spirited Performance for Everyday Driving Pleasure

The Forester 2.5 XT is powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed engine that
produces 210 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 235 lb.-ft. of peak torque at just
3,600 RPM. The Subaru Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
system enhances power at all engine speeds. The turbocharged engine offers
outstanding performance at high altitudes, where changes in atmospheric
pressure adversely affect the power output of naturally aspirated engines.

The 2004 Forester 2.5 XT is available with a standard 5-speed manual
transmission or an optional new 4-speed Direct Controlled Electronic Automatic
Transmission. This advanced transmission electronically enhances shift
operations for quicker, smoother shifts and better performance. Models equipped
with the 5-speed manual transmission use the Subaru Hill Holder clutch, which
helps make starting off on an incline easier and safer.

The Forester 2.5 XT is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and -- like all Subaru
models -- a sophisticated 4-channel / 4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).
The Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) feature enhances braking
performance and stability through optimized brake force distribution between
the front and rear wheels.

Sophisticated and Sporty Design

The functional hood scoop, body-color side cladding and a natural aluminum
finish and body-color mounts on the standard roof rails immediately identify
the 2004 Forester 2.5 XT. The 2.5 XT is further distinguished from other
Forester models by specific 6-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/60R16 raised
black letter tires, body-color door handles and a single-outlet chrome

Safety Leadership


The standard array of Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) includes a dual-stage
deployment passenger front airbag and front seat head/chest side impact
airbags. Also standard are upper-trim head impact protection and front seatbelt
pretensioners with force limiters. Front-seat active head restraints help
minimize whiplash injury in a rear-end collision.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly
600 franchised dealers across the United States.

CONTACT: Rob Moran, +1-856-488-8615, or Larkin Hill, +1-310-763-0929, both of
Subaru of America.

Source: Subaru of America, Inc.



Go to or try this link:

They have a shot of the Turbo Forester.

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