It’s been a while since we last saw the RUF CTR3 in action, so when word got around that one of these rare supercars went out to stretch its legs on a race track, we just had to scoop up any form of video evidence of the CTR3.
Much to our delight, the car still looks insanely awesome and still comes with that unmistakable power underneath its hood. In case you’ve forgotten, the RUF CTR3 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine, which produces an output of 700hp at 7,000rpm. The car can also accelerate from 0-100 kmh in only 3.2 seconds and comes with a topspeed of 375 kmh.
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.
Porsche supertuners RUF unwrapped their own take on the Cayenne in Geneva . The most striking feature of the Dakara is the incorporation of 911 headlights. The round lamps look out of place on the large SUV, but they are so distinctly Porsche that they only add to the design. Power has been boosted to 600 HP and has a top speed of 180 MPH (290 km/h). The Dakara also receives a full body kit and 5 spoke RUF alloys.
Ruf has joined the electric vehicle revolution. The German Porsche modifier recently came out with its own fully-electric, plug-in 911. The working prototype unveiled last week utilizes a 3-phase motor, in place of the original 3.6 L Flat 6 engine, that allows it to go from 0 - 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. Not too bad, considering the additional 641 kg that this same powerplant, and its lithium-ion batteries, add to the EV’s weight compared to a gasoline-powered Carrera S.
Ruf’s design proves that going all-electric does not take the fun out of the Porsche 911 as it can churn out 455 lb-ft of torque and manage a respectable top speed of 160 mph. An ordinary wall outlet is used to top up the its batteries and a full charge allows the vehicle to be driven for a maximum range of up to 200 miles.
Ruf maintains the rear-wheel drive layout with the electric motor and most of the battery packs positioned over the car’s rear axle. No pricing info yet probably because the eRUF is still in the developmental stage and, with forthcoming innovations, especially in battery technology, people can expect a better (much quicker) version very soon.
Did you ever think that you could drive an electric Porsche or it was just a beautiful dream? Today it seems that this will become reality! RUF, the well-known German tuner specialized in Porsche vehicles revealed today the fact that is currently working at an electric Porsche fitted with a 200 hp electric engine capable to develop an astonishing 650 Nm of torque. The new vehicle will be able to have a top speed of 124 mph and a range of 250-300 km. According to our sources the prototype of the new vehicle will be unveiled in October, at the Paris Motor Show.
With a 700 hp engine the RUF CTR3 is one of the fastest Porsche ever. And now here it is driving around the town! The CTR3 is priced at $400,000.
Starting with the Porsche Cayman body, RUF has utilized racing technologies first seen on its 911-based RT12 offering. Powering the CTR3 is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six engine pumping out 700 bhp at 7,000 rpm with torque topping out at 657 lb-ft. To save weight its developers added several unique body panels made from lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber as well as a new lattice tubing spaceframe.
Drive is sent to the wheels via a rumored seven-speed sequential automatic gearbox that’s said to allow the CTR3 to reach a top speed of 224 mph.
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!