The Italian tuning specialist has unveiled its new Cayman-based baby: the StudioTorino RK Coupe. Painted fiery red and having all its body panels remodeled to better match its sources of inspiration -German and Italian supercars from 1960s- the coupe’s total production run will be limited to just a few thousands, which makes it even more exclusive than a super-expensive hand-built Swiss chronometer.
Based on the current Porsche Cayman sports coupe, the StudioTorino RK is inspired by the legendary Porsche 904 coupe and the gorgeous Dino 246 GT, a mid-engine, RWD sports cars that was produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1976 as an attempt to create an “affordable” sub-brand that would be able to expand their sales without undermined the brand value of Ferrari.
To motivate the car, the Italian tuner employed a 3.8-liter Kompressor monster of an engine, which is manufactured by another tuning specialist: the German RUF studio, which is known for its extreme versions of different Porsche models.
The engine is a supercharged flat-six, 24-valve powerplant, which is mated with a pair of water-cooled intercoolers and a centrifugal turbocharger with planetary gearbox.
It produces 435 hp @ 7,000 rpm and features a peak torque of 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) at 5,000 rpm.
That may sound somewhat unimpressive for some, but is surely good enough to provide the StudioTorino RK Coupe with a top speed of 304 km/h (195 mph) and zero to 62 mph acceleration of about 4.3 seconds. Not bad if you consider that the base Porsche Cayman takes more than 6 seconds to cross the same 0-62 mph barrier and has a maximum speed of “only” 258 kilometers per hour.
As you can see, the coupe looks absolutely stunning, surpassing even the new 911 997, which is itself a piece of automotive art. The most interesting is that the body of the original vehicle was completely overhauled — only the left front fender has somehow managed to escape the crafty hands of the Italian designers.
StudioTorino plans to build only 49 RKs, setting a price tag of impressive €310,000, which makes it considerably more expensive than an average, run of the mill European supercar.
See also: 2007 Porsche Cayman