There’s no question that RUF is probably one of the most accomplished Porsche tuners this side of the solar system. When these guys flex their tuning muscles and get to work, it’s a safe bet that the tuning world will take notice.
So when RUF introduced their latest tuning work on the Porsche 911 Turbo at the Geneva Motor Show, a lot of people caught notice. And once again, the German automaker delivered the goods. Lots of it.
As the 12th generation of the tuning company’s RUF-tuned 911 Turbos, the RT12 R has been fitted with aerodynamic and performance upgrades that bumps the engine output all the way up to levels reserved only for the most super of supercars.
And if we do say so ourselves, the three-tone German flag-inspired paint finish adds a nice touch of sparkle - and patriotism, too - to the powerhouse race car.
Details on RUF’s RT12 R can be found after the jump
Exterior and Interior
RUF dressed up the RT 12 R with a number of aerodynamic features, including a large carbon fiber rear wing that the tuning firm also put on their tuned-up GT3 RSR racer. In addition to the rear wing, the RUF also added a carbon fiber bonnet and front bumper, an optional carbon roof, aluminum doors, polycarbonate windows, and an eye-catching three-tone exterior paint scheme that proudly wears the colors of Germany’s flag. The car sits on a set of 19” aluminum wheels wrapped around Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, 245/35 ZR 19 front, 325/30 ZR 19 rear. The new wheels are combined with ceramic brakes, disc diameter 380 mm front, 350 mm rear.
Inside, the minimal additions were given to the car with the exception of carbon fiber bucket seats, a roll cage, and a crossbar integrated into the interior paneling. Seeing as it’s been modded as a race car, all the standard features and luxuries in the interior of the standard 911 Turbo have been stripped off to save weight, which consequently makes it faster and more powerful.
To say that RUF has any experience in modifying Porsches would be as huge an understatement as saying that Lindsay Lohan drinks a lot. Already on the 12th generation of tuned-up 911 Turbos – hence the designation ‘12’ – their latest work involved adding a power boost to the Porsche’s 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission with sequential selector. This combination takes the output all the way up to 730 horsepower and 693 lb/ft of torque with a top speed of a whopping 234 mph.
The RUF RT 12R is priced at 279,000 euro - or about $385,000 at the current exchange rates. Yep, for a car that has a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of the McLaren F1, that price tag could very well be justified.
If there’s one other tuning company that can go against the RUF RT12 R, look no further than Sportec and their SPR1R .
Powered by a 3.6-liter, Bi-Turbo 24-valve, flat six T80M engine that delivers a total of 858 horsepower, the SPR1R is more powerful than the RT12 R, but thanks to a stripped down interior, the top speed of both Porsche monsters are just about equal: 236 mph for the SPR1R and 234 mph for the RT12 R.
If you have the kind of money that can afford you these two cars, choosing one over the other is probably as much fun as getting to take one home for your friends to ogle and salivate over.
- Exterior paint will attract attention, to say the least
- Powerful engine
- Loads of carbon fiber
- Stripped-down interior
- Way too expensive for our budget
- Cheaper alternatives, even if they’re less powerful