Porsche tuning firm extraordinaire, RUF , is one of the best in the business at what it does. So much so, that they produce some of the fastest and most powerful Porsche upgrades on the planet.
The latest model of their Cayman-based CTR 3 is a perfect example of that. Already boasting two previous models, the CTR 3 is the epitome of how a Porsche Cayman should be tuned up. On its own, the German sports car is already capable of producing an output of 265 horsepower, thanks to a 2.9-liter inline-six engine, but RUF have put their talents to good use to give the Cayman the proper juicing up. This was done by completely redesigning the car’s look and replacing the existing engine with a more powerful 3.8-liter flat-six cylinder engine with a staggering output of 750 horsepower.
Just in case your math is slow, that’s more than twice the ponies the standard Cayman has. Just goes to show how these guys are one of the best at what they do.
There’s no question that RUF is probably one of the most accomplished Porsche tuners this side of the solar system. When these guys flex their tuning muscles and get to work, it’s a safe bet that the tuning world will take notice.
So when RUF introduced their latest tuning work on the Porsche 911 Turbo at the Geneva Motor Show, a lot of people caught notice. And once again, the German automaker delivered the goods. Lots of it.
As the 12th generation of the tuning company’s RUF-tuned 911 Turbos, the RT12 R has been fitted with aerodynamic and performance upgrades that bumps the engine output all the way up to levels reserved only for the most super of supercars.
And if we do say so ourselves, the three-tone German flag-inspired paint finish adds a nice touch of sparkle - and patriotism, too - to the powerhouse race car.
Details on RUF’s RT12 R can be found after the jump
We can imagine that car tuners, being car fanatics themselves, always have little projects in the back of their heads of cars they would like to recreate with a modern twist. They have the tools and the knowledge, so the build is just a matter of time and demand. Expert Porsche tuners, RUF, have delved into that part of their cranium and have pulled out the new RUF Roadster based on the 1967 Porsche Targa .
The new RUF Roadster has an aerodynamically optimized, lower rear window and two extremely light, removable roof pieces made of carbon fiber. The "soft" rear window is made of a three-layer polyglass and an electric engine keeps the rear window tight.
Under the hood RUF provided a choice of two engines: a 400 HP six cylinder boxer engine or a turbo with 560 HP. These engines will be mated to either a a six speed gear box or a dual clutch gearbox with four-wheel drive available as an option.
The whole package is finished by 19" forged aluminum wheels in a five-spoke design.
The RUF Roadster will be built in a limited number in 2011 and will be sold for Euro 195.000 (or $270,000 at the current exchange rates).
A brief history lesson: Did you know that RUF’s first RGT model was based on the Porsche 996 and that it was launched a decade ago? If you did know that, then you probably also know that ten years later - that’s this year - RUF has announced the next generation of RGT - the RGT-8 - a tuning kit based on the new Porsche 911.
Production will begin in 2011.
Powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to deliver 550bhp at 8500rpm and 500Nm of torque at 5400rpm with its power sent through a 6-speed gearbox with shortened gear shift movement to the rear axle, the RGT-8 is, in one word, spectacular.
Completing RUF’s new tuning kit are special front fenders, nose and dashboard components, as well as a set of specially-designed 19-inch RUF forged alloy wheels.
While Porsche’s factory backed efforts for a greener tomorrow with the CO2ncept-10% focus on reducing power train loss in order to increase efficiency without the use of a gas/electric hybrid module, the super Porsche tuner from Pfaffenhausen, Alois Ruf has decided to go full tilt, replace the entire driveline and turn the Cayenne into a a bona fide zero emissions sport utility vehicle.
The Ruf Stormster is the world’s first all electric variant of the popular Porsche Cayenne. Not being afraid to push the performance envelope, the Stormster has a lot to live up to, that is why Alois started off by dropping a 367 HP Siemens electric motor powered by a set of longer lasting lithium ion batteries, just like in the 911 derived eRUF sports car. Weighing in at just under 6,000 pounds, the Cayenne is no lightweight, but the BEV Stormster is still able to make a spirited sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 10 seconds, reach a top speed of around 93 MPH and run for up to 125 miles on a single charge. Despite being a bit more sluggish than the standard version, you must keep in mind that the Stormster is only the beginning.
Alois Ruf is a special kind of man. He has the ability to take a perfectly good German sports car, tear it apart, build it back up and then sell it with his name on it. His latest creation is the RUF Rt 12 S. By making the Porsche 911 better in every respect, this super tuned rear engine sports car becomes a true super car competitor. The twin turbocharged flat six has been massaged to make 685 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque. Standard equipment for the Rt 12 is roll cage integrated into the ceiling and wrapped with the same fabric as the interior. Not only is the an added safety device, but a machine with this much additional power requires further reinforcement to the chassis, something the luxury jungle gym provides.
The Ruf receives a few function exterior touches like the carbon rear wing and larger air ducts complimented by the widened rear fenders. The Rt 12 also gets the side mirrors from the RUF CTR 3. The Ruf rides on the signature five spoke forged 19 inch light weight alloy wheels with a high performance ceramic brake system underneath. This feature is very convenient when traveling at the 224 MPH top speed.
The Ruf Rt 12 S is also available with convenience features like a 50 mm hydraulic lift for the front axle to tackle any parking ramp that might stand in your way. However this much Porsche comes at a price, the Rt 12 S is available in either rear or four wheel drive versions and cost about $350,000.
Exactly 20 years after the original CTR, German tuning house RUF has announced the introduction of its third generation CTR3 coinciding with the launch of its new plant in Bahrain. The latest version will be based on the Porsche Cayman and like the original, the CTR3 will be one of the fastest Porsches on offer when it’s released.
UPDATE 05/27/2010: We were able to test drive the RUF CTR 3 at the Nurburgring! Click here to read about the awesome experience!