Stretched Porsche Panamera XL by RUF Exclusive to China


The German aftermarket specialists are showcasing some alternative projects for the Chinese market.

German-tuning firm RUF is best known for their souped-up supercars, however in attempting to crack the Chinese market they have had to concentrate on SUVs and limousines as these are the vehicles that float the boat of China's rich and privileged. As a result they have released two projects. The RUF XL is simply a stretched Porsche Panamera, while their Freiheit creation is a dressed-up SUV based on the Cayenne.

Exclusive to China, the RUF XL is 40cm longer than the standard Panamera with the extra space going to the rear passengers. A modified 4.8-liter V8 engine rated at 414hp and 376lb-ft of torque powers the car. Interestingly, Porsche has plans for their own extended Panamera for the Chinese market but it's expected to be lengthened by only 12cm. RUF has also introduced the Freiheit (German for Freedom) boasting a new body kit including an all-new grille and bumper with power coming from the same V8 as the XL.

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