RUF has refreshed their five-year old Rt 12 with this S-Badged offering based on the Porsche 997. How does 685 hp sound?

German tuners RUF have developed their work on the 997, with this release of the RUF Rt 12 S.  An upgrade from the non-"S" model released in Essen five years ago, the new car gets 685 horsepower from a modified biturbo boxer engine.  This is a step up of about 35hp from the Rt 12.  The new version also sees a maximum torque output of 880 Nm.

Although bodywork appears to be mostly the same as the previous version, there are definitely a few differences.  For example, the sideview mirrors have now been lifted from the RUF CTR 3, and the carbon rear spoiler looks to be a bit bigger with its "tearing edge."  Rear fenders are also a bit larger, and have new air ducts carved into them.  LED lights are inserted into the slot where the fog lamps had been.  They also use LEDs for the turn signals.  Ruf is introducing a newly designed roll cage for this car, something they are including as a standard feature on the vehicle. 

The car makes use of custom 19-inch light alloys which neatly house the big ceramic disc brakes.  As an option, hydraulics can be added to adjust the ride height by as much as 50mm with the push of a button.  Inside, the driver is kept in place by either bucket seats or sport seats.  Also, the steering wheel supposedly offers the perfect amount of grip, and has been designed to provide "fatique-proof driving."

Like its predecessor, the new model can be delivered with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.  The RUF RT 12 S is now available for order at a cost of €255,900, excluding VAT.

Big thanks to Daniel for the tip!