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RUF's monster in wolf's clothing. Image by RUF.

RUF's monster in wolf's clothing
Porsche tune-up specialist RUF launches its latest creation, the Rt 12 S.
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Five years ago RUF launched the Rt 12 (based on the Porsche 911 Turbo) and it instantly became one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 219mph. Now the company is back with a new version and it is even faster.

The Rt 12 S is essentially an upgraded version of the Rt 12 and as before it's based on the Porsche 997. It comes with an updated styling package that includes a carbon fibre rear spoiler, a new rear bumper with sculpted air intakes and LED lights. An integrated roll cage is also fitted inside.

Under the bonnet the Rt 12 S has a redeveloped twin-turbocharged engine with 685bhp and a top speed of 224mph. Ceramic disc brakes are fitted as standard, as are 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels.

Optionally buyers can specify a height adjustable front axle that offers 50 millimetres more chassis clearance at the push of a button.

With maximum torque of 649lb.ft, and the option of rear- or four-wheel drive, the Rt 12 S has all of the ingredients to make it a great car. But with prices starting at 255,900 (about 219,000 at today's conversion rate), it will have to top both the original Porsche and its predecessor by some margin to be a success.

Daniel Powell - 31 Jul 2009

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