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TURIN, Italy — The RK Spyder is the first fruit of a promising collaboration between noted Italian designer Alfredo Stola and German tuner Alois Ruf.

Stola's new venture, StudioTorino, has partnered with Ruf Automobile, located in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, to create a high-performance roadster based on the Porsche 911. StudioTorino says it expects to build no more than 49 copies.

The Ruf-tuned, 3.8-liter, supercharged, flat-six engine makes 420 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The two-seater can sprint from zero to 60 mph in fewer than 4.5 seconds and rides on 19-inch, low-profile Fulda performance tires.

Other partners in the car's development include Bilstein and Brembo.

Stola's grandfather established a custom coach-building business in Turin and began creating special bodies for Lancia. His father, Roberto, took over the company in 1978. Alfredo left the family business a year ago.

What this means to you: If you like the performance of Porsche's 911 but find its exclusivity factor a little low, here's the perfect alternative.

Source:Edmunds
 

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Nice. I was invited to the press release in Turin but couldn't go. ouich

With regards to the performance I understood this could not be the R50.

Are there any better pics around?
 

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SUPRA said:
Nice. I was invited to the press release in Turin but couldn't go. ouich

With regards to the performance I understood this could not be the R50.

Are there any better pics around?
Lovely - I was considering a 3600S a couple of years ago and this looks even better - looks like it's based on the Boxster rather than the Carrera, though, no?

Wonder if you can charm them into dropping in a 650bhp engine from the RT12...? :haha2:
 

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I thought it was based on the Boxster as well, but the article refers to the 911.

There should be more pictures in the next day or so - no other press has mentioned the car as of yet.
 

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That's the old model - i.e. 3400/3600S - 986-based - the picture at the top looks to me like a 987-based car...
 

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SUPRA said:
Nice. I was invited to the press release in Turin but couldn't go. ouich

With regards to the performance I understood this could not be the R50.

Are there any better pics around?
yes, on their site there is a full coverage on the project.
StudioTorino :byebye:
 

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actually, i think Ruf and stola is a nice name to do a cross over.
the stola concept a few years ago based on a porsche was okay.
but the name studiotorino just doesnt sound strong.

i will be more interested in what henrik fisker is doing with his own little studio / coachbuilding project. :) <url>http://www.fiskercb.com/ </url>
 

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'while detailed product information is currently classified, Fisker Coachbuild is on schedule to unveil our inaugural offering on September 13, 2005 at the Frankfurt International Auto Show.

Preliminary specification indicate a high-end, high-performance, two-seat convertible, delivering 610 horsepower with a top speed in excess of 200mph. Compelling design, world-class engineering, and technological supremacy have come together to create a unique automotive statement."

:)
 

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Its based on the boxster, fun cars, theres the black one and an orange one is sitting in the factory now.
 

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I wish them every success - it looks a fantastic car :wroom:
 

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I saw the orange and black cars at ruf this weekend, they look VERY nice. It's a shame there's no roof, i do live in england after all :(

Schuepbach - Rochester NY. Are you who i think you are?
 

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I saw the orange and black cars at ruf this weekend, they look VERY nice. It's a shame there's no roof, i do live in england after all :(

Schuepbach - Rochester NY. Are you who i think you are?
ya thats me paul, i should probably change my location to RUF seeing how im not in rochester right now.
 

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I drove the R spyder last weekend and have to say the car is amazing, the power in the NA model is sufficient but I would definately go for the supercharger. The car handles great through turns, exhaust is perfect, and I got so many looks and pictures taken I felt like Adam.
 
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