2022 Subaru Forester STI
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Here Is The New 2022 Subaru Forester Turbo STI You Want Now But Can’t Get

Subaru offers a unique 2022 Forester STI, but U.S. customers can’t get it. Here’s why you won’t see it in North America.
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Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International have partnered to bring a unique 2022 Forester STI, but U.S. fans will never see this performance model. This refreshed 2022 Forester performance SUV with a turbocharged engine is only offered in Japan.

Performance enthusiasts in the U.S. would jump at the chance to get their hands on a 2022 Forester with a turbocharged engine and suspension upgrades. The Japan-spec model comes with the Levorg-sourced 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection (DIT) four-cylinder, lean combustion Boxer engine. It only produces 175 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Subaru Forester STI

Fans in the U.S. still want a Forester with an FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. That would make the Forester a sought-after STI along with an aerodynamic body kit, suspension upgrades, and Brembo brakes.

Subaru would hit a home run with many customers if they brought this new Forester STI to the U.S. and other markets around the globe. We are guessing plenty of customers would buy a Forester STI riding on the new Global Platform, with Recaro performance seats, an upscale interior, and 260 horsepower. Many customers would jump on a new 2022 Subaru Forester STI.

2022 Subaru Forester STI

The current Forester Sport trim you can buy in the U.S. comes with the standard 2.5-liter producing 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The Outback-sourced 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine with 260-horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque under the hood would significantly upgrade the discontinued Forester XT.

Forester gets a complete remodel in 2024, and it would be time to bring a next-generation Forester STI trim level. Subaru could offer two trims with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine; the Forester Wilderness and an all-new Forester STI.

It’s our guess there are plenty of customers who would buy a 2024 Forester STI riding on the new Global Platform, with comfortable seats, an upscale leather interior, and 260 horsepower. Would you jump on a new 2024 Subaru Forester STI? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Comments

Would absolutely need one. Looove sleeper Subarus. Had two 2.5 GTs (one a sedan, the other a wagon) and really miss the extra fun/performance factor. The wagon was black and my kids called it the Batmobile! :-)
Im enjoying my 2014 forester xt, 136k kms++. I hope subaru will bring back the turbo forester with 260++ hp
I want to buy a new f Forester but want the turbo that the Outback offers.
"Subaru could offer two trims with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine; the Forester Wilderness and an all-new Forester STI." ABSOLUTE HOME RUN OF AN IDEA!!!
I would buy a Forester STI sight unseen tomorrow.
Great and stylish but most Forester are lighter
I don't understand Subaru's reluctance to bring several models offered in other countries to the USA.. I visited Montenegro only to discover a 2 liter six speed turbo diesel Forester.. A Forester that gets 45 MPG would sell here very well. It may be environmental limitations... Maybe Exxon doesn't want us to have good mileage vehicles that would cut into gas sales revenue.. I'd buy a diesel Forester in a heartbeat
The End is near for the ICE, Subaru should be flooding the market with as many Sub option models as possible across the whole line-up in North America!!! Including the XT. The Question is why aren't they? Any thoughts Denis Flierl?
I bought a 2011 Forester S edition. 257bhp stock. 10 years later I still love it.
I will love Forester STI, and I will swap right a way with my Ascent !!!!!
I would definitely get the Forester STI! Really want that extra power the Turbo provides ! Please Subaru include the larger Turbo with the new Hybrid system in 2023!. Thank you!