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2009-07-27 11:08
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer RUF
Model Rt 12 S
Engine 3.8, biturbo flat-six
Power 504kW
Torque 880Nm
Known for understated, yet massively powerful Porsche conversions, RUF’s latest toy is the 504kW Rt 12 S.

Based on the 997 Turbo, RUF’s Rt 12 S kit is an update of the Pfaffenhausen-based company’s original 997 Turbo kit, released back in 2004.

Always particularly subtle with their styling embellishments, the Rt 12 S rides on 19-inch wheels instead of oversized 20/21-inch items.

Hawkish 997 acolytes will notice the separated LED lamps for position illumination and signalling, and the carbon-fibre rear spoiler as exterior detailing changes.

Appears to be essentially stock, which it most definitely is not...

Alternatively, if you are a dedicated RUF fan, you’ll notice additional styling changes, like those widened rear fenders (with integrated air ducts) and low-drag side mirrors borrowed from the RUF CTR 3, the mid-engine supercar RUF produces in Bahrain.

With a reputation for fearsomely fast Porsche products, RUF has ensured the Rt 12 S brooks no argument with regards to autobahn domination bragging rights.

Looks like a mellow, stylised 911 Turbo, which it is, except for the monumental performance on offer.

The 997 engine features increased capacity (up from 3.6- to 3.8l), with significantly revised electronics managing combustion parameters.

New titanium con-rods hold the pistons in place, whilst the biturbo forced induction set-up is significantly modified too, with gas exchange expelled via quad exhausts measuring an impressive 76mm in diameter.

The net result is a vastly impressive 504kW and 880Nm of peak rotational force, necessitating a new limited-slip differential for the six-speed manual transmission and beefier clutch too.

Despite the 360km/h top-speed potential, RUF is offering customers an optional height-adjustable front-axle which can lift the chin spoiler by 50mm for clearing garage entrances or particularly severe speed bumps at the touch of a button.

Cabin embellishments include a proper drop-in bucket seat, grippier steering wheel and aluminium/carbon-fibre disrupted pattern trim. There is a roll-cage too, just in case people weren’t taking your obsession with performance seriously enough.

Available for both all-wheel drive 997 Turbo and rear-wheel drive GT2 cars, this Rt 12 S kit is what we would like to see more of from the German aftermarket tuning industry - subtle, yet stupefyingly fast...


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