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TO fur­ther cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the Sub­aru Boxer en­gine, Sub­aru have an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of a Forester Spe­cial Edi­tion — the Hunter.

On sale from the Septem­ber 1, only one model per dealer is be­ing pro­duced and it is cer­tain to be in high de­mand with £1,500 of ad­di­tional equip­ment at no ex­tra cost.

Based on the XC Premium model, the new Spe­cial Edi­tion comes with unique spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­clud­ing Hunter Green metal­lic paint; front, side and rear un­der guards; wheel arch ex­ten­sions, and stain­less steel cargo step panel.

In­side this lat­est model is trimmed with Spe­cial Edi­tion brown leather seats with match­ing leather in­te­rior door grips, cen­tre arm­rest and cen­tre panel up­rights.

When you open the door, it does not dis­ap­point and it cer­tainly is spe­cial.

The new Forester Hunter is avail­able in petrol or diesel Lin­eartronic — Sub­aru’s step-less and highly re­li­able au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Hunter re­turns a su­perb 43.5 mpg from the 150 PS petrol with a top speed of 119mph, the diesel is even more frugal at 46.3mpg and hits 117mph from its 147 PS en­gine. Both mod­els use Sub­aru’s trade­mark and su­per-smooth Boxer lay­out with sym­met­ri­cal All Wheel Drive — the road­hold­ing and grip from Sub­aru’s low cen­tre of grav­ity is un­canny.

Hunter is fit­ted as stan­dard with Sub­aru’s X-mode sys­tem which in­tel­li­gently man­ages the car’s power and torque, brakes and driv­e­train to main­tain max­i­mum pos­si­ble trac­tion on even the most slippery of sur­faces.

It re­quires no spe­cial­ist knowl­edge or skills be­yond ba­sic “point and steer” to get your Forester to its des­ti­na­tion and in­cor­po­rates Sub­aru’s Hill De­scent Con­trol (HDC) which does ex­actly what it says on the tin — al­low­ing the car’s clever elec­tronic sys­tems to seam­lessly man­age tricky off-road or win­try de­scents.

Mul­ti­ple Award win­ning Forester is Sub­aru’s top seller, and is a go-ev­ery­where ve­hi­cle with im­pec­ca­ble man­ners — smooth and silent to drive, spacious load swal­low­ing in­te­rior, im­pres­sive to driver and four pas­sen­gers alike.

The Ja­panese en­gi­neer­ing is backed by a five year/100,000mile war­ranty that most will never need; Sub­aru on this is­land have be­come the ve­hi­cle of choice, not only for farm­ers and vets, but also used by many safety and emer­gency ser­vices such is Sub­aru’s re­li­a­bil­ity and “get-you-there” abil­ity in all conditions.

Other equip­ment on the Forester Spe­cial Edi­tion in­cludes Sub­aru Star­link — a 7.0-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment, con­nec­tiv­ity and navigation sys­tem. (Un­like many mod­els that we’ve tested Subarus do not re­quire a manda­tory teenager to set up Blue­tooth or stream your favourite mu­sic!)

The strik­ing and at­trac­tive paint scheme is fur­ther rea­son to sim­ply en­joy and ad­mire and is also unique to new Hunter.

The av­er­age Sub­aru owner keeps their ve­hi­cle for 10 years plus, used ex­am­ples are few and far be­tween and con­se­quently Sub­aru resid­u­als out­per­form mar­ket norms.

They are a diehard loyal bunch, Sub­aru driv­ers and in Amer­ica such is their pop­u­lar­ity they have been out­selling BMW, Audi and Volk­swa­gen com­bined.

With only one per dealer if you are quick to de­cide Belfast Tele­graph read­ers can join this ex­clu­sive club for just £29,995 for the petrol Hunter and £31,495 for the diesel, on the road in North­ern Ire­land.

The Sub­aru Hunter Spe­cial Edi­tion is ex­pected to be sought af­ter — and you’ll have to be quick to get one

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