Aside from the presence of a boxer engine and a ‘proper’ symmetrical all-wheel drive system, there isn’t much about Subaru’s new Forester to get excited about. But just imagine for a moment that Subaru is cooking up an STI version. The company almost certainly isn’t, of course, but thankfully the car rendering Photoshop pros of the Internet are more than happy to indulge our fantasies.
This imaginary Forester STI comes courtesy X-Tomi Design, and doesn’t it look handsome in WR Blue with some STI-flavoured additions? If we were being picky we’d suggest that the ride height is maybe a little low, but hey - since Subaru is highly unlikely to make such a thing, there’s no harm in deviating from production realities.
While a Forester STI isn’t on the cards, next-generation versions of the WRX and the WRX STI do look to be happening. The classic boxer engine configuration may be dropped, but we can expect symmetrical all-wheel drive, and styling derived from the Viziv Performance and Viziv Performance STI concepts.