By Wayne Gorrett
Part of the 50th Anniversary of the brand’s Boxer engine.
On sale Sept 1st – only 100 cars destined for the UK.
Based on the XC Premium trim level – from £29,995.
Subaru’s signature Boxer engine was first introduced on the Subaru 1000 compact passenger car on 14 May 1966. As part of this year’s ongoing 50th Anniversary celebrations of the engine’s introduction, Subaru UK have announced availability of the Forester a Special Edition.
Only 100 examples of the two-model Forester Special Edition will be available for the UK. Prices start at £29,995 for the petrol Lineartronic auto and £31,495 for the diesel Lineartronic. Selecting the high-end XC Premium trim model as the donor car, the Forester Special Edition adds £1,500 of additional equipment at no extra cost.
Unique to the Forester Special Edition is ‘Hunter Green’ metallic paint, front, side and rear under guards, wheel arch extensions and stainless steel cargo step panel as well as exclusive brown leather seats with matching leather interior door grips, centre armrest and centre panel uprights.
Other kit includes Subaru Starlink; a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, connectivity and navigation system, hill descent control and Subaru’s ‘X-Mode’ system which intelligently manages the car’s power and torque, brakes and drivetrain to maintain traction on greasy surfaces.
At the heart of every Subaru is the flat, horizontally opposed Boxer engine, named for the horizontal movement of the pistons – much like boxers throwing punches, while rivals favour the more traditional ‘in-line’ or ‘V-type’ engines.
The flat profile of a boxer engine provides a lower centre of gravity than other traditional engine designs, helping provide quick, improved handling response and composed, confident cornering. The unconventional set-up also means the car boasts ‘symmetrical’ four-wheel drive.
Nearly all Subaru models have used the symmetrical four-wheel drive layout since 1972. The Boxer engines and all-wheel-drive became standard equipment for mid-size and smaller cars in most of its international markets by the mid-90s.
The limited Forester Special Edition goes on sale on the 1st of September and both Boxer-engined models are covered by Subaru’s five-year, 100,000-mile warranty – ^WG