THE SPECIAL ONE
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