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The Subaru Forester GT Edition is finally available in PH

Featuring specially designed bodykit but no turbocharger

The Forester GT Edition was launched amid coronavirus concerns around the country. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

No, this isn’t the turbocharged iteration of the popular Subaru Forester crossover. But before enthusiasts wield their pitchforks at the Japanese automaker for not feeding their need for forced induction, there are plenty of compelling reasons why this GT Edition deserves a second look. And we’re listing these reasons down because the vehicle is now officially available in the Philippines.

The Forester GT Edition is styled by Masahiko Kobayashi. As Subaru’s former design guru, this guy was responsible for the design of no fewer than 12 of the company’s production cars, including the WRX STI. So even though the current-generation Forester isn’t turbocharged, Kobayashi-san knows how to make it stand out.

The exterior modifications may not be too obvious to the uninitiated. But then, so what? PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

And stand out it does, thanks to the comprehensive bodykit specially made for it. It’s engineered by Giken Co. Ltd., a firm known for its expertise in the manufacture of automotive body parts. Bumper extensions, side skirts and a tailgate spoiler help transform an otherwise tame Forester into a more interesting SUV. Topping everything off is a set of 18-inch alloy wheels that are unique to this variant.

Those chasing you may not be scared of that badge, knowing the vehicle has no turbo. PHOTOS BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Of course, no Forester is complete without an extensive suite of standard equipment. For the GT Edition, it is simply loaded with bells and whistles that should make motoring a safer and more relaxed exercise. Leading the charge is Subaru’s EyeSight collision-avoidance technology, a system that constantly scans the road ahead and automatically stops the vehicle as necessary. The infotainment system is a joy to use as well with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and there’s also a 360° camera to keep the aforementioned bodykit in pristine condition.

The engine under the hood is the same one doing reliable duty in the regular Forester. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM

Powering the Forester GT Edition is the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine found in the regular version. Producing 154hp and 196Nm, this motor is mated to a continuously variable transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

Available colors include Crystal Black Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl and Sepia Bronze Metallic.

At P2,120,000, the Forester GT Edition attacks the Subaru crossover formula a little differently. Sure, it may not have the grunt that can only come from forced induction, but the technology built into this thing should more than make up for the deficiency.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.