The Subaru Forester STI Sport doesn’t get more power, but it runs on a tuned suspension

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by Drei Laurel | Jun 28, 2022
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A few years ago, the Subaru Forester opted for a more practical vibe by doing away with its turbo. The trade-off was that the once-sport compact SUV settled down into a tamer being.

While the turbo option never returned to the Philippines, Japan eventually saw another one in the form of the Forester Sport’s  1.8-liter horizontally-opposed direct-injection turbo engine with 175hp and 300Nm of torque. Now, we have another reason to be jealous of the vehicle’s home market: the Subaru Forester STI Sport.

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Now, we know many of you are used to associating those three letters with additional power, but the Forester STI Sport doesn’t get any. It still packs the same 1.8-liter turbo as standard units. What it does get, however, is an STI-tuned sports suspension and a handful of aesthetic upgrades.

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There’s popping red STI badging, of course. It also gets a gloss black finish on exterior components like the rear spoiler, front and rear skid plates, and side mirrors. The 18-inch wheels and dual tailpipes appear to have been carried over from regular units. Inside, you get red and black contrasting elements, as well as STI-branded seats.

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Okay, we have to admit this does look kind of tame for something that carries STI badging. Perhaps some additional red accents outside might help this thing stand out a bit more, don’t you think?

So, a tuned suspension and a few design tweaks—would you be content with this if Motor Image Pilipinas ever decided to bring it in? At the very least, that turbo would make things a bit more exciting, right?

More photos of the 2022 Subaru Forester STI Sport

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