An Italian manfufacturer of small-series sports cars, Studiotorino, unveiled their latest creation last week at The Quail in California. Inspired by two classics, the
Porsche 904 and the Dino GT 246, the Studiotorino RK Coupe uses the Porsche Cayman as its basis, with
engine and other technical parts provided by German supertuner RUF.
The left front fender is one of the few parts left unchanged in this transformation. Everything else is either new or modified in some way. The rear quarter windows are eliminated, giving the car a side profile that is instantly evocative of the 904, while the new rear glass also the Dino GT 246.
The company has aimed to provide a sporty exterior and an interior that gave a relaxing sense of well-being. For this reason a not too flashy red ink was chosen for the body and two tones of green and graphite grey accents for the interior. Studiotorino's signature two lines on the rear fenders complete the package.
The power is provided by RUF's 3.8-liter supercharged engine. The center of this machine is a centrifugal compressor with a planetary gearbox – a version of mechanical turbo charger, which is driven mechanically by a Poly-Rip belt. RUF-designed intake manifold, modified injectors, sports catalytic converters and a modified electronic engine management system help the engine achieve 440 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 370 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm.
The acceleration from 0-62 mph takes only 4.3 seconds, and the top speed is over 195 mph.
As with their Spyder, the RK Coupe will be a limited edition model, built in no more than 49 examples.