The Forester STI II Type M was based on the SF5 model, with STI utilising its know-how accumulated in the field of motorsport to further improve the excellent handling performance inherent in the base car. The engine brought about enhancements in the efficiency of both intake and exhaust systems and a maximum output of 250PS through the use of a special sport ECU. Special struts and coil springs were installed and its brakes were modified to large diameters; 16 inches in the front and 14 in the rear, while a brake-cooling duct was also added to the front bumper. 17-inch forged aluminium wheels by RAYS were fitted together with 225/45R17 tyres. As for the exterior, special front and rear bumpers, large rear spoiler, and side under spoilers were also attached. The interior featured a MOMO leather sport steering wheel (with cherry red stitching), and a leather bound shift knob and brake lever. Its suede effect seat fabric was even embossed with the STI logo. This was the ultimate Forester, providing both driving pleasure and joy of ownership.