DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER, SUBARU DISPLAYED NINE VEHICLES AT THE 2008 SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT MARKET ASSOCIATION (SEMA) SHOW IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. HERE IS WHAT WE KNEW ABOUT THEM WHEN THIS ISSUE OF DRIVE PERFORMANCE WENT TO PRESS.
TWO RADICAL FORESTER CONCEPTS
“WITH THE OVERWHELMING SALES SUCCESS OF THE ALL-NEW 2009 FORESTER, WE WANTED TO BUILD TWO EXTREME VEHICLES THAT WOULD ILLUSTRATE THE VERSATILITY OF THE FORESTER’S DESIGN PLATFORM. EACH VEHICLE PROVIDES A GREAT CANVAS TO SHOWCASE THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF AVAILABLE GENUINE SUBARU ACCESSORIES®.”
– ACCESSORIES MARKETING MANAGER ERIK LUKAS, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.
2009 FORESTER XTI
The Forester XTI is the fusion of the rugged 2009 Forester XT and the performance-prepared 2008 Impreza WRX STI. This “best of both worlds” vehicle is a Forester body coupled with an STI 305-horsepower engine, 6-speed manual transmission, race-ready suspension, brakes, and electronics.
The exterior is modified with Genuine Subaru Accessories: Front Under Spoiler and Sport Mesh Grille. The interior is complete with leather and Alcantara®1 STI sport seats and leather-wrapped STI steering wheel.
At the end of August, this vehicle was completely disassembled down to an empty shell. Most of the exterior was sanded down, leaving a washed-out red appearance. The only hint of what this vehicle eventually would resemble was a painted liftgate drying off to the side and painted pillars – all boasted a deep burnt orange color. The completed look has metallic charcoal color fading into a root beer brown, representing the vision of an extremely fast vehicle burning up as it re-enters the atmosphere. It is finished off with a black stripe stretching from front bumper to rear bumper and a striking gold pearl SPT logo adorning each side.
2009 FORESTER MOUNTAIN RESCUE VEHICLE
The Mountain Rescue 2009 Forester conceptualizes a first responder vehicle for the National Ski Patrol. The safety-green-inspired color is designed to stand out at night. The 2009 Forester XT was prepared by Specialized Vehicles in Troy, Michigan.
This extreme mountain vehicle features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and off-road 30-inch Yokohama Geolandar MTS tires. The custom fender flares and body cladding allow for larger wheel wells for bigger tires, which increase ground clearance. This monster is equipped with a custom-adjustable ride height suspension by Air Lift with driver remote-control and keyless remote to raise and lower vehicle. “We consulted extensively with representatives from the National Ski Patrol in order to find out what features and equipment they would need for high-altitude rescues,” declared Lukas.
The vehicle is outfitted with a custom front tubular grille guard, Genuine Subaru Accessories Sport Mesh Grille, cross bars to carry a rescue toboggan, five forward-facing and two rearward-facing LED spot lamps, and roof-mounted ski carriers – the first product of the new “Subaru Yakima Equipped” co-branded label.
Panel truck modifications consist of removing rear door glass, replacing rear quarter glass with an external-access 6-inch-deep compartment, shaving rear door handles with rear doors opened by remote, installing custom interior paneling, and inserting a new flat floor for the entire cargo and rear seat area.