Thursday, March 6, 2014

RUF Porsche RCT (Autoblog)

I have a special spot in my obsession of automotive art for the company of Alois Ruf Sr. and Ruf Automobile GmbH ~ a specialized Porsche Tuner that cranks out a very limited number of cars.  Their brand rose to new heights with the Yellowbird CTR in 1987 (469hp 0-60 3.7s and 320kph+).  They have continued to design, manufacture and service some of the most rare and sought after  high performance sports cars in the world.  The owners of the Lotus F1 Team purchased Ruf in 2013.  That could make for some interesting technology transfer.  The Lotus chassis/drivetrain have made improvements in leaps and bounds, even winning top podium finishes in 2012 and 2013.  At Geneva this year, Ruf has unveiled their latest creation, the RCT (525hp 0-60 3.5s and 315kph).  Speeding On.

2014 Ruf RCT Porsche offers rear-drive action with 911 Turbo fun

2014 Ruf RCT

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Posted Mar 6th 2014 9:00AM

Ruf has 37 years of experience of turning Porsches into even higher performance machines. For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it's unveiling the RCT, or Ruf Carrera Turbo, which offers power to split the difference between Porsche's 911 Turbo and Turbo S models.

The RCT starts with a unique body kit with a new front air dam and drastically changed rear deck that combines both a small spoiler and air intake. Power is provided by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six with 525 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque paired to either a seven-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. That gives the Ruf a 5-hp and 15-lb-ft advantage over Porsche's own Turbo but is still less powerful than the full Turbo S. The RCT sprints to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph).

However, the Ruf's big advantage is that it offers buyers the choice of either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while Stuttgart's turbo models are only available spinning all four wheels. The RCT can also offers upgrades like an integrated roll cage and custom suspension packages, should the buyer be so inclined to splash out on racing kit.

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