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The body and the detailing of the RK Coupé are the second example of what it is meant by fine sports cars. As with the Spyder, it will be a limited edition production of no more than 49 vehicles built upon-request. The details and mechanics of each car will be personalized to fit the desires and needs of our client. The prototype model number for the RK Coupé was P rototype C 1/1.


October 2005. The dear friend Aldo Brovarone while
drawing the first sketches of the RKCoupé.


October 2005. Aldo Brovarone shows Alfredo the first sketches.

In September 2005, our friend Aldo Brovarone presented us with a few oil sketches of the Coupé version of the Spyder.


November 2005. Tempera final drawings

Gustavo Alkmim Uemura , a young Brazilian designer, graduate of the European Institute of Design in Turin assisted Brovarone and Alfredo in the modeling phase and in the design of the details.


March 2006. The designer Gustavo Uemura computing
the style of the RKCoupé.

The aluminum details, the fuel tank lid and the mufflers are details that are worthy to be highlighted in this model.


April 2006. Style research by Gustavo Uemura.

Great thought was given to the color choice. Research for the prototype aimed to provide a sporty exterior and an interior that gave a relaxing sense of well-being. A not too flashy red ink was chosen for the body. S TUDIOTORINO 's signature two lines were traced on the rear fenders. Two tones of green and graphite grey accents were chosen for the interior.


March 2006. Maria Paola Stola at PPG centre.

Of the numerous specialists who have been part of the Coupé project for STUDIOTORINO, special mention must be made of the following individuals:

Marco Finazzi and Luigi Lucaora in charge of the AVUS that has been dedicated to the construction of wheels in light alloy.


May 2006. The designer Marco Finazzi.


Original sketches of Marco Finazzi



March 2006.Bahrain. Alois Ruf and Alfredo Stola with
HRH Prince Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa real
connaisseur of Ruf Cars.

Once again, STUDIOTORINO has partnered with Ruf Automobile who is the developer and the builder of all the mechanical, performance, and certification aspects.

For this reason the RK Coupé bears the STUDIOTORINO logo on the sides and on the wheels while the Ruf logo is on the engine and on the hood; on the left side of the windsheld the chassi number of the Ruf Automobile.

This off-set follows the stylistic characteristics of the Spyder.

Together they create a line of distinctive auto bodies.

The RK Coupé offers the same quality and emotions as the Spyder but caters to the client who wants to be protected from the elements. Purposely snug and sporty, the enveloping interior provides for a comfortable driving experience.


November 2005. Tempera final sketch.


April 2006. Style research by Gustavo Uemura.

Inspired by the great classics but with an eye towards the future the distinctive feature of this car body is the rear trunk.

The Porsche 904 and the Dino 246 GT were the inspiration.

Brovarone faithfully interprets the spirit of the classic cars of the past through the lens of the future. The rear hood is reminiscent of the Porsche 904 and the Dino GT 246.


April 2006. Aldo Brovarone in a rare visit to the model shop.

This Coupé is understated, not large and not brash. It is tailored to the pilot and co-pilot like an haute-couture dress.

It is powerful, but not excessively. Its Ruf powerplant revs up and guarantees 440 bhp (323 kW), but mostly delivers a very high torque at any RPM.

Shall we talk about speed? Let's say about 300 km/h . True and “easy” to reach –but let's not forget legal speed limits.





March 2006. Style modelling stages.

As with the Spyder, leading industry partners and service providers have designed, manufactured, and provided, purposely and for this off-set model only, technologically advanced components such as alloy wheels, tires, braking systems, enamels, luxury leather interiors and carbon-fiber seats.

BILSTEIN - BREMBO - DUNLOP
HUNTSMAN - POLTRONA FRAU - SPARCO
AVUS - BANCA INTESA - ZURICH


April 2006. Alex Lordi Checking the quality of the surfaces.


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The first P rototype C 1/1 was personalized for STUDIOTORINO . All successive models will be designed according to the personality, taste and needs of those friends and clients who share our same passion for refined and exclusive objects. The RK Coupé is handcrafted and of extraordinary quality with the dependability of Ruf mechanics.

The collaboration of the following Turin companies was essential to our success: SALT for the upholstering of the interiors, ADM Painting for the paint and F&S by Flavio Secoli for the model developing, the construction of the molds and detailing and the assembly.

DETAILING AND TECHNICAL FEATURES

 


Layout defining the original, modified and new details.

The body of the RK Coupé , including the bumpers, is in part a modification and in part an ex novo construction. All that is left of the original body is the front left fender. The materials used for the custom body are aluminum sheets, steel sheets and carbon fibers.

April 2006. Groundwork for the structure of the rear door
of the prototype.


May 2006. Brazing on the prototype.

One of the fundamental characteristics of the car, owing to the know-how of STUDIOTORINO is the painting process applied to P rototype C 1/1.

Following the complete manual re-working of the surface, the painting process requires 14 coats of colored primers, pigment bases, inks and transparent paint. This meticulous process achieves intense depth and the best light reflection effects on the body.


June 2006. The stripes painted on the rear fender and the scrupulous polishing are part of STUDIOTORINO philosophy.
Work by ADM painting.
 


May 2006. Painting phases with ink technic. ADM painting.

Two “jewels” of the project cannot go unnoticed: the fuel tank lid, and the mufflers. Milled from forged aluminum and hand finished, they have been manufactured following an exclusive design.

Due to the re-working of the rear hood a new rear windshield has been custom built by ISOCLIMA, a leading Italian firm. Both the certification code and the STUDIOTORINO logo have been silk-screened onto the glass.


May 2006. NC milling of the precious details in aluminum.


Products supplied by our sponsors BREMBO, BILSTEIN,
DUNLOP and AVUS

Every STUDIOTORINO name plate has been hand made one by one by RAGNI, an historic Turin company. Name plates have also been placed above the side air intakes of the rear fenders, on the center caps and in the car interior.

The wheels are another aesthetic singularity of the RK Coupé . The rims have been designed from Marco Finazzi and manufactured by AVUS. Exclusively developed for this project, they are made of forged aluminum, composed of three pieces and have five spokes.

DUNLOP has supplied the SP SPORT MAXX tires and BREMBO the braking system with aluminum brackets and cast iron discs.


June 2006. Various steps of the precious
upholstering realized by SALT.

June 2006. Leather cut and sewing supervisedby Franco Gavina, SALT.

The rear hood is completely new. Consequently, the interiors have taken on a significant aesthetic role. The dividing wall behind the seats has been restyled in order to allow the rear windshield to be placed vertically in a new configuration.

All leather interiors have been hand upholstered with luxury leather in conjunction with SALT.

The prototype C1/1 has been upholstered with an exclusive POLTRONA FRAU leather.

The carbon fiber seats have been designed and built by SPARCO .

 


June 2006. Final assembly and quality test.



July 2006. Marco Goffi supervises the final assembly.

As for the choice of the “heart” of the Coupé by STUDIOTORINO , the client has the option of choosing, together with Alois Ruf, the type of engine preferred. According to his needs, the client may choose between an aspirated engine, an injection engine, a Kompressor engine or a turbo engine.

Prototype C 1/2 carries a RUF 3.8 litre Kompressor engine.

Power and torque are high at any RPM. The basis of this Kompressor engine is a centrifugal compressor with a planetary gearbox –a kind of mechanical turbo charger, which is driven mechanically by a Poly-Rip belt. The maximum boost is 0,7 bar. The engine has a RUF designed intake manifold, modified injectors, sports catalytic converters and a modified electronic engine management system. The water-cooled charge cooler has a cooling water circuit with an electric water pump from the water cooler in the front spoiler.


June 2006. RUF Kompressor Engine 440bhp
and 325Kw
and the final assembly in RUF Atomobile.


René Staud studio in Leonberg

The supercharged 3.8 litre engine of the RK Coupé provides a 440 bhp (325 kW) at 7,000 RPM and 501.4 Nm torque at 5,500 RPM.

The acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph ) of the 3.8 litre RK Coupé with a RUF Kompressor Engine takes only 4.3 sec., from 0 – 200 km/h (0 – 125 mph ) only 13.0 sec. The maximum speed is over 300 km/h ( 195 mph ).

Official Presentation
The STUDIOTORINO presentation of a prototype in the United States and more in California is the realisation of a dream. But moreover three days before the official presentation at "The Quail Lodge 'on the weekend 18/19 August 2008 and the “CONCOURS MONTEREY” in Peabble Beach, the RK Coupé has been tested by the American “Road & Track” magazine. This test has been coordinated by the Director of “Road & Track” and carried out in their test track on the outskirts of Irvine by Mr. Jim Hall and during the transfer test to "The Quail Lodge" has been driven by the journalist Mike Monticello. (The article and test drive are published on the November 2008 issue of Road & Track).

Alois Ruf carries out the last technical adjustments
before the “Road & Track” test
Road & Track November 2008 Test Conditions: Temp 76°f - Humidity 48% - Altitude 350 fit - Light wind
Top speed 170 mph - 0-60mph 3,8sec - 0-1/4mile 12,2sec


The RK Coupé arrival at Pebble Beach
on the famous street "1".
Friday, August 17th, before an unforgettable sunset over the Pacific Ocean, after ten hours driving on the famous coast road '1 with hundred of other super cars with the same destination, we reached Monterey Pebble Beach Concours for the "I Historics Weekend ". In an indescribable natural scenery, with the most beautiful and rare cars of all time, the RK Coupé was placed in the Ruf stand with a valuable Porsche 904 and the R Spyder. Alois and Estonia Ruf offered an extraordinary evening to their friends and customers, including Freeman Thomas and Charles Morgan well known for their cars passion and Porsche and Ruf enthusiasts.
 
All photos from the event

Maria Paola, Francesco and Alfredo Stola

Marco Goffi and Alfredo

On the golf course at "The Quail Lodge"

Charles Morgan, Alois Ruf and Freeman Thomas
at the Ruf party
Between 2006 and 2007 STUDIOTORINO built two RK Coupé, respectively delivered in Italy and in Germany.

RK Coupè delivered to Italy

RK Coupè delivered to Germany
Photo of René Staud

RK COUPE'

Constructor: RUF Automobile GmbH

Coachbuilder: STUDIOTORINO

 

TECHNICAL FEATURES


ENGINE

 

Type

6 cylinders RUF Kompressor

Valves

4 x cylinder

Volume

3824 cm 3

Power

440 bhp (324 kW) @ 7000 rpm

Torque

470 Nm @ 5500 rpm

Front brakes

Discs: 350 x 34 mm , Brembo-6-piston-caliper

Rear brakes

Discs: 299 x 24 mm , Brembo-4-piston-caliper

Front wheels Avus 8,5 x 19 et 50 (rim 2 + 6,5)
Rear wheels Avus 10 x 19 et 30,95 (rim 3,5 + 6,5)

Front tyres

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 235/35 ZR 19

Rear tyres

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 275/35 ZR 19

Empty weight

1365 kg

Length x width x height

4329 x 1801 x 1250 mm

Wheel base

2415 mm

Front track

1525 mm

Rear track

1525 mm

 

ACCELERATION

 

0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mhp)

4,1 sec.

0 – 200 km/h (0 – 125 mph )

13,0 sec.

 

SPEED

 
Max. speed 304 km/h ( 190 mph )

RK Coupé logos

The original characteristics that identify the RK COUPE'

 

The original RUF logo placed on front motor hood. The logo represents the builder who issues the Vehicle Identification Number, the Vehicle Registration Document and the vehicle registration.

 

 
RPM gauge with RUF logo.

 






Forged aluminum STUDIOTORINO name plate on door rim.
 
Hand-painted aluminum name plate identifying STUDIOTORINO as the body builder placed on the rear side air intakes.


 

 

 

Detail of rims built exclusively by Toora in two versions, only for the prototypes. Toora for STUDIOTORINO milled on a spoke.

 
Hand painted aluminum STUDIOTORINO logo.



 


 

 

A paint detail identifying STUDIOTORINO on both rear fenders.
The arrow is highly advised when purchasing the off-set because the car interiors are usually of the same color.

 

 

 
STUDIOTORINO logos milled on the mufflers.


 


The RK Coupé logo, designed by STUDIOTORINO, designates the type of RUF automobile and body designed by STUDIOTORINO.

 

 

Characteristics of the paint
RK Coupé property STUDIOTORINO:

PPG ROSSO tecnologia a inchiostro

Arrows:
PPG ORIENTROTMET.2CT
L8A3 POR.8A3

Grills:
PPG ANTRACITGRA MET.2CT
SAA 176