February 14, 2003


Subaru introduces turbocharged Forester


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Chicago, Illinois – Subaru introduced the Forester 2.5 XT, a new higher-performance version of its compact Forester sport-utility vehicle powered by a 210-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-litre boxer engine. The new model will arrive in Subaru showrooms this summer.

Its 2.5-litre horizontally opposed engine 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.

A functional hood scoop, body-colour side cladding and a natural aluminum finish and body-colour 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 tailpipe.

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