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FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous Forester S-Edi­tion per­for­mance flag­ship, Subaru will bring 300 ex­am­ples of the STi-tweaked Forester tS to Aus­tralia from late Fe­bru­ary.

In a vari­a­tion of the S-Edi­tion for­mula — it scored the more pow­er­ful WRX en­gine — the tS sharp­ens the Forester’s han­dling rather than de­liv­er­ing more shove.

Un­der the skin are STi­patented flex­i­ble sub­frame braces front and rear, plus a strut brace, STi springs and Brembo front and rear brakes wrapped in 19-inch Enkei al­loys.

The Aus­tralian tS is to be based on the up­dated Forester due early next year, prob­a­bly with vis­ual en­hance­ments sim­i­lar to those on the cur­rent model. Th­ese in­clude a black grille with pink STi de­tails, front and rear lip spoil­ers and unique badg­ing.

Driven back to back with a stan­dard Forester XT at this week’s Levorg pre­view in Ja­pan, the Forester tS showed sig­nif­i­cantly sharper dy­nam­ics on track.

There’s no dis­guis­ing its ex­tra height over a WRX or Levorg but the tS deftly tight­ens the pack­age and will make for a unique driver’s choice in its seg­ment.

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