The XT nameplate holds a special place in Subaru history, but even the Japanese automaker didn’t have the audacity to call the Forester Sport after its indirect predecessor. For starters, this version comes exclusively with a continuously variable transmission instead of a six-speed manual like the old days.
Second, let’s talk about the engine. The XT produced 250 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, numbers pretty serious for a 2.0-liter boxer in all respects. The Sport, meanwhile, adopts the 1.8-liter boxer from the all-new Levorg wagon for the Japanese domestic market. In this app, Subaru couldn’t do better than 175 horsepower and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm). Currently exclusive to Japanese customers, the Forester Sport retails for 3,289,000 yen or $ 31,415 at exchange rates. current. It’s joined by another engine option for the rest of the lineup, namely the e-Boxer which combines an electric motor with a free-breathing powertrain. Performance buyers don’t like this man either, and there’s nothing Subaru can do about it.You see, emissions regulations take precedence over fun cars. The Japanese manufacturer is already struggling in the European Union where Subaru has had to increase the starting price of the BRZ by 15%. In the future, only the WRX and WRX STI will serve high-performance applications while the new BRZ combines a high-maneuverability chassis with a suction mill that displaces 2.4 liters.
“A high quality model with a good sense of acceleration and state-of-the-art equipment”, the Forester Sport might not arrive in the United States given the horsepower of the engine. Let’s not forget, the 2.5-liter boxer sold cranks in the United States on 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque while returning 29 combined mpg (8.1 l / 100 km).
Speaking of fuel economy, the new Forester Sport is rated at 16.5 liters per kilometer in Japan according to the JC08 standard. In other words, 6 liters per 100 kilometers or 38.8 miles per gallon.