Subaru Forester S 2016
Bill McKinnon tested on the road and evaluated Subaru Forester S with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
The extra performance arm device goes fast and Subaru matches an exotic limited edition badge.
When Subaru sprinkled some faster advantages for its mid-size Forester SUV, the result was often impressive because it was a capable, well-designed machine from the beginning.
However, that is not a frequent occurrence, with Subaru deliberately limiting high-performance Forest Walkers in limited quantities and occasional releases. According to Subaru, this monopoly continues to enhance Forester’s already very resale resale value.
The Forester S 2011-12 version has blown everything else in the class into weeds with a 193 liter WRX 193 liter engine. According to the Redbook industry valuation, it still commands more than 50% of its new $ 50,990 price tag, which few four- to five-year-old cars can do. Most are lucky to pull 35 percent.
Only 300 examples of Forester S 2016 are available in Australia. Many “limited editions” become unlimited versions when agents start screaming more.
However, Subaru swears on a pile of sacred cams that when all 300 units are sold, that is (at least for this model). As I write, about 150 are still available in showrooms, priced at $ 54,990.
Forester S is based on the XT Premium, with a 2.0-liter 177kW 2.0-liter “boxer” transmission system and a continuously variable gearbox.
Its claimed 0-100km / h acceleration time is 7.5 seconds, respectable instead of fast and slow compared to S-Edition 2012.
So why is S $ 7,000 more than the XT Premium? Subaru has significantly upgraded the chassis with performance hardware from the Subaru Technica International performance unit (STi), to make a good SUV handle even better.
This includes stronger springs and dampers, reversed in the front, plus stiffer bushings and “flexible tower bars” between the upper front struts to improve reaction and level. exactly when cornering. Ride height decreased by 35mm.
Brakes from Brembo – with a four-piston front brake caliper – are a welcome improvement on the Subaru’s standard interceptors, while 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels are fitted with Bridgestone Turanza tire tires 245 / 45.
The rest is mostly bling: metal plates with red badge and STi stripes, crystal head and black spoiler stand out in three bespoke colors: White Pearl, Black Silica and WR Blue.
Comfortable front seats on a long drive, and beautifully trimmed with leather, suede and embroidered STi.
Inside, the man-cave black is the only decoration available, relieved by red stitching and accents, suede door trim, STi logo wherever you look and start with the STi button.
Comfortable front seats on a long drive, and beautifully trimmed with leather, suede and embroidered STi. However, they lack the upper body support of the pukka sports seats so you can rotate a bit when cornering in the S – a pair of cuddly WRX STi sports seats will be more suitable here.
You also get all fruits from XT Premium, in addition to the sunroof. Safety technology that supports the driver based on Subaru’s Eyes camera includes adaptive itinerary, front collision warning, emergency braking and lane departure warning but does not detect blind spots.
Heated front seats, satnav, corner headlights, electric tailgate and Harman Kardon audio are also standard.
On the road
This is not a stable version of the WRX STi SUV – with a capacity of less than 44kW, an increase of 84kg and a much higher focus, Forester S will not see which way Rex is going.
That said, performance is at the end of the SUV spectrum. Subaru’s adjustable Si Drive ECU has three drive modes: I (for Smart or slow code, with excessive turbo lag), Sports and Sports Sharp.
On rugged country roads, surprisingly comfortable ride.
The latter two offer smooth, powerful, seamless, with faster feedback in Sports Sharp, also turning the CVT into eight-speed mode. Paddle-shift allows you to choose as in a regular car.
He likes a premium drink. I averaged high – low vines on the open road and middle-class teens in town.
The lightweight, tight body of the Forester, upgraded STi chassis and active torque vectors allows S to handle corners with balance, control and high accuracy, but the steering wheel is overprotected. giving feedback from the front, feeling remote and not completely uncomfortable like it. Candlestick.
On rough rural roads, the ride is surprisingly comfortable, while the compliance is improved with speed and the mid-collision does not upset S, as they do some Subarus. other. Tire noise is excessive on rough bitumen.