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10-31-2008, 03:06 PM
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Click either image for high-res shots of Subaru's two custom Foresters

Subaru's Forester has long been considered one of the few sporting 'utes, and the automaker is ready to build on that image with a new Forester XTI concept (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/sema-preview-custom-subaru-foresters/1130096/), set to debut at the SEMA (http://www.autoblog.com/category/sema/)Show. Those interested in outward appearances will note the "Atmospheric Re-Entry paint scheme" (their words, not ours), JDM body kit, lower front spoiler and mesh front grille. It's the underpinnings that get us really excited, though. Under the skin, the Forester XTI gets the full Subaru Technica International treatment from the firm's amazing WRX STI (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/25/in-the-autoblog-garage-2008-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti/), including its 2.5-liter turbocharged and intercooled boxer four powerplant, mated to a six speed manual transmission and, of course, all-wheel-drive. A cat-back exhaust helps bump out to 315 hp and torque to 300 lb-ft, meaningful improvements over the stock engine's ratings of 300-horsepower and 290 lb-ft. We'd love to see this one make it to the showroom floor.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2008/10/sema_forester_nsp_large_220op.jpg (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/sema-preview-custom-subaru-foresters/1130095/)Accompanying the XTI at Subie's booth is the Mountain Rescue Vehicle (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/sema-preview-custom-subaru-foresters/1130095/), which was purpose-built for the National Ski Patrol, of which Subaru is the Official Vehicle. Custom touches include an adjustable Air Lift suspension that allows for a maximum of 14-inches of ground clearance. Under the wheel arches sit 30x9.5-in. Yokohama Geolandar MTS tires on custom 15-in. reversed near-zero offset steel wheels. Skid plates and a winch complete the off-road modifications and are accompanied by a bevy of lights and a near glow-in-the-dark hue. The drivetrain doesn't see any modifications, but the stock turbo-mill ought to be up to the task anyway.

Gallery: SEMA Preview: Custom Subaru Foresters (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/sema-preview-custom-subaru-foresters/)
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