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Porsche makes some amazingly capable and exciting machines. The German speedmeisters at Ruf are fans of those cars, but they like to take them, lock them in their insane asylum factory and release them back into the world as roadgoing rocketships. The company's latest creation, unveiled on the 2011 Geneva Motor Show floor, is the Ruf Rt 12 R.

Based on the (quite pedestrian by comparison) Porsche 911 Turbo, the Ruf Rt 12 R begins life with the stock 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine. That unit is good for 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque (516 lb-ft with the overboost function). After Ruf gets its mitts on the powerplant, output swells to 730 hp and 693 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to Porsche's six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive system. And if you're a rich lunatic, you can opt for rear-wheel drive.

Ruf also works its magic on the body of the Rt 12 R. Carbon fiber is applied to the front fenders, hood, luggage cover, seats and is available optionally on the roof. The side and rear windows are plastic instead of glass to further aid in the quest for lightness. This weight reduction, along with the massive increase in power, has helped Ruf claim an impressive 230 mph top speed for the Rt 12 R.

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RUF presents the new Rt 12 R

RUF proudly presents the all new Rt 12 R at the 2011 Geneva International Motorshow (3rd to 13th March). The 3.8 litre bi-turbo boxer engine delivers 537 kW (730 bhp) of power with a maximum torque figure of 940 Nm. A six speed gearbox deals with the power transmission and the 4WD system ensures optimal traction under all driving conditions. The lightweight R using design details originating from motor racing is an optimal choice of vehicle for the race track. The supension is also adjustable.

Technical details:
Coupé form
Carbon-Fibre rear spoiler
Lightweight front with carbon fibre wings
Carbon fibre front luggage cover
Optional carbon roof
Aluminium doors with lightweight interior fittings
Synthetic side and rear windows
Carbon bucket seats
Rollcage and crossbar integrated into the interior paneling (IRC)
Ceramic brakes, disc diameter 380 mm front, 350 mm rear
Forged aluminium wheels with central locking nut, 9J x 19 front, 12J x 19 rear
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres, 245/35 ZR 19 front, 325/30 ZR 19 rear

6 cylinder bi-turbo boxer engine
Displacement 3.8 l
Maximum power 537 kW (730 bhp) at 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque 940 Nm at 3,500 rpm
6 speed manual gearbox
4WD standard, rear while drive only available as option
Top speed over 370 km/h
Dry weight (DIN) 1,495 kg

Price: 279,000.00 Euro (excl. VAT)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Gran Turismo made me fall in love with RUF's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rarely see a late model on the road let alone a RUF and I live in NYC.

      Who buys these things anymore?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "carbon fiber is applied to the fenders"? Is that a mistake? Seems like that would increase weight. Did you mean to say that the fenders are replaced with carbon fiber ones?
      • 4 Years Ago
      D E A M !!! I also dont like porshe BUT I so like RUF ...Im still In love whit the CTR 3

      ...and AGAIN !!! RUF is NOT a tunner this MANOFACTURE even made they own V8 for the RGT-8
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im more of a 9ff guy but thats sweet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking of which, I'm not the world's biggest Porsche fan, but what is the 911 not capable of (besides bring plywood home from Home Depot)? La Carrera, Baja, Dakar, Pikes Peak, Le Mans, SpA, Leguna Seca... Now within spitting distance of the McLaren F1? Someone (it will probably be RUF) will get this chassis over 250mph before the decade is out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to the V8 powered 911 RUF was developing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better than a Ruf is a Ruf- Studiotorino collaboration. Wouldnt you love to see this motor in the following car:

      • 4 Years Ago
      Best looking car at the show!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish the taillights were just red instead of clear covers but other than that, this is one fine piece of automotive machinery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, if you're gonna go RUF, you might as well go RWD RUF. Just for that extra bit of insanity.
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