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The new 911 Turbo will keep the same 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six cylinder engine as previous models, but it will have a new boost thanks to a complex tri-turbo setup similar to what BMW is using in the M550d xDrive and X5 M50d models, among others.
The system employs one smaller turbocharger and two larger ones. The smaller spools up more quickly at lower rpms, delivering an initial power boost that carries smoothly into the second and third larger units.
Although the horsepower ratings aren’t certain yet, the new system is expected to boost the 911 Turbo from 495 to 525 horsepower, which is quite close to the 530 hp 911 Turbo S.
Porsche is currently completing testing on the tri-turbo setup inside their 991, though further details can’t be that far off given that it’s slated for the 2013 model year.
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo spy photos
[Source: Auto Car]
RUF has produced some of the world’s finest modified Porsche variants for as long as we can remember. Their newest rendition was on display at the Geneva Motor Show and showed just how proficient RUF has become with modifying Porsches to perfection. The RUF Rt 12 R is based on the 911 Turbo, but instead of the factory 500-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque, RUF takes it to new heights with 730-hp and 693 ft-lbs of torque.
RUF doesn’t just focus on the performance of the 911 Turbo however, the Rt 12 R has also been overhauled with carbon fiber fenders, hood, luggage cover, seats and optional roof. To further shed some unwanted pounds, the side and rear windows have been swapped in with plastic counterparts to the factory glass. RUF has already claimed an impressive 230-mph top speed in the Rt 12 R.
Located on all four corners are lightweight, forged aluminum center-locking wheels sporting a staggered 19-inch setup.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: RUF Rt 12 R
Back in the summer of 2010, a Porsche 911 Turbo that was part of Porsche Canada’s press fleet was put through a garage door by the son of Canadian Auto Journalist Peter Cheney. The story generated all kinds of feedback, from those shrugging it off as “boys will be boys”, to righteous indignation bordering on “off with his head“.
After the dust settled, it emerged that the Porsche suffered only cosmetic damage, while Mr. Cheney’s garage met a crueler fate. The car has been fully repaired and is now being sold by a Porsche dealer 2 hours outside of Toronto, with a 2 year, 100,000 mile warranty as part of Porsche’s Certified Pre-Owned program. We must say, it cleans up well.
Porsche Canada PR head Laurance Yap confirmed that this is the same car stating that “After it was repaired, that car stayed on my fleet for several months and generated lots of great stories.” We bet. A Porsche 911 Turbo has that magical ability to make something like a trip to the dentist for anesthetic-free root canal surgery a fun time. At a hair under $150,000 CDN for a fully optioned car with about 13,000 miles on it, that’s a good deal for a car that cost $167,000 in 2010 sans options. Of course, Porsche’s recent price drops in Canada mean that a brand new Turbo costs $159,400 before add-ons. Whether you want a car with such an interesting provenance is up to you.