Whoever said that minivans with their utilitarian oversized box shape and seven passenger layouts had to be boring never met the guys from the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries’ in house tuners at Subaru Technica International. While STI is better known for working their magic on the sport compact Impreza WRX and occasionally dabbling with a slightly larger Legacy sedan, but until today the largest car that Subaru’s engineers had given a hot rod inspired makeover to was the Forester crossover utility vehicle. That is because the Japanese automaker has just announced their plans to bring an STI tuned Exiga 2.0 GT multi passenger vehicle to the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
Dispelling the notion that MPVs can’t be exciting, this particular Exiga has undergone a similar treatment as the slightly more sophisticated Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited . There are no oversized rear wings or gaudy racing stripes adorning the tuner vehicle, instead the full size minivan was covered in one of the automaker’s Satin White Pearl paint, given a set of trick headlamps with an attractive blue bar separating the front and corner lights while the large grill complete with the new Subaru crossbar that can be found on almost all of their new cars. The specific STI upgrades include a sporty front lip spoiler, an STI tuned dual exhaust and a set of polished 17 inch BBS rims lifted from an old WRX STI that are connected to a sport tuned set of springs and dampeners that will make the all wheel drive minivan handle more like a sports car.
This distinctive seven seater touring concept will add a bit of enthusiasm to the full size MPV segment and in true Subaru fashion will provide an excellent fun to drive performance value with the practicality of an extremely spacious interior. There is no word as of yet if STI will upgrade the 2.0 Liter turbocharged boxer engine to go along with the new car’s exterior styling and up rated suspension components in order to create and all around performance MPV.