Forester 2.5 XTec
dates : 6th February 2005
10th February 2005
In terms of style, the Subaru
Forester 2.5 XTec offers more in the way of confusion than any
of the other wagons featured today. What does this boxy,
no-nonsense, workmanlike vehicle say about you?
Since its success on the World Rally Championship stage,
Subaru has come to mean performance to many people.
And straight-up-and-down styling or not, the Forester XT will
press your ears back every time you give the accelerator pedal
Itís practical too. The Japanese company made its name in
the Western Hemisphere in America, particularly the muddy
back-roads of places like New Hampshire. Hence the full-sized
spare wheel, the optional steel dog net, and of course, the
famed all-wheel-drive system.
Turbocharging. Thatís the key to the Forester XTís
excitement factor, coupled to a large capacity four-cylinder
engine displacing two-and-a-half litres.
Like all Subarus, it has a boxer, or flat cylinder
configuration, hence its off-beat rumble. And itís here that
thereís some evidence of where Subaru spends its development
Itís a masterpiece of detailed engineering, high-quality
couplings and, delving further, in top quality materials used
for the engine block, the crankshaft and the pistons.
No expense has been spared to develop
one-hundred-and-fifty-five kiloWatts with stonewall
Engine apart, the drive train is another area where no expense
The Forrester XT, despite its lowish overall height, has
fantastic ground clearance, superior to many Sports Utility
Vehicles with much more overt off-road orientation.
And the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system makes it amazingly
stable on all road surfaces.
The automatic transmission version we tested is ideal in our
book. An effortless surge from the turbo engine plays in
concert with seamless shifts up and down the gearbox with no
effort on the driverís part.
And make no mistake, it has real off-road ability too.
Subaru Forester 2.5 XTec
petrol, turbocharged, 2 457 cc
Power: 155 kw @ 5 600 rpm
Torque: 320 Nm @ 3 600
0-100 km/h: 7,02 seconds
Top speed: 210 km/h
(electronically limited )
Fuel consumption: 11,53
litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
Price: R346 950
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