Here’s a Mid-Engined RUF 911 CTR3 That Could Sell For More Than $1 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction
We’re just a few weeks away from RM Sotheby’s high-end collectible automobile auction in Monaco, and already, we’re seeing some very impressive lots lining up to hit the block. Among them is this unique mid-engine 911, which is expected to fetch upwards of $1 million.
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German tuner, RUF, unveiled the RT-35 to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Now, for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the package has been transformed into the RT-35s - a kit that adds even more power and an updated look.
While the standard version delivered a total of 630 horsepower, the new RT-35s is based on the new-generationPorsche 991 and delivers an extra 20 horsepower. The model is also equipped with a seven-speed manual gearbox. We are not very sure if the extra power made any improvements on the car’s performance figures, but a 205 mph top speed is already quite enough for a Porsche 911.
For the exterior, the new RT-35s received a new front spoiler and a standard Porsche “ducktail” that offers double downforce. As with most other tuning kits, the new RT-35s is offered with new wheels to help lighten the unsprung weight and add a little more rubber-to-road contact. The car is painted yellow, which a tribute to the first Porsche tuned by RUF. For the interior, the tuner added a new roll cage and an Alcantara trim.
German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the thelatest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
There’s plenty to love about the RUF’s special program for the all-new Porsche 911. Not only does it commemorate the German tuner’s 35th anniversary, but it’s also actually the very first turbocharged 2012 Porsche 911 in the world. A fact that’s made even more impressive considering that Porsche themselves haven’t released a turbocharged 911.
The showroom model of the RUF RT 35th Anniversary has been dressed in a fancy military green paint finish, which pulls out a ’wow’ reaction among all those that see the car up close. But for all of the likeability of the car’s exterior finish, the RUF RT 35th Anniversary distinguishes itself because of what RUF put under its hood. With a 3.8-liter flat-six engine in tow, RUF added turbochargers to the overall mechanical configuration, thus spiking the sports car’s output from the standard 400-horsepower output all the way up to an insane 630 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 608 lb/ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. The whole set-up is also available with a PDK double-clutch transmission, ensuring superior performance and driver comfort, and allowing the car to hit a top speed of 205 mph.
Consider this special anniversary model a prime example of what a tuned up 2012 Porsche 911 is expected to be, proving that RUF is considered one of the best Porsche tuners in the world.
UPDATE 04/22/2012: RUF has unveiled a new set of images for their 35th Anniversary Edition. Check them out in the picture gallery provided!
Anytime a tuning company decides to mess with a car’s overall dimensions, there’s bound to be a lot of split reaction on what the finished product is going to look like. German tuner, RUF, is treading that water with the new Porsche Panamera RXL.
The car, which is currently being showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is, by all effects, a longer version of the standard Panamera. Obviously, the whole point was to turn the German saloon into a limousine, but as far as we’re concerned, some cars are just not meant to be, shall we say, "elongated."
Not only did RUF do that, but they did it very generously. Overall, the Panamera is longer by 400mm - 250mm on the B-pillar and 150mm at the back - which is pretty ridiculous on its own. If there was ever any saving grace for the Panamera RXL, it’s that RUF was kind enough to provide a modified front bumper that puts a more aggressive profile on the Panamera while also fitting in some nice 22" RUF five-spoke alloy wheels.
As far as performance enhancements are concerned, the Panamera RXL’s 4.8-liter V8 engine gets a bump in output to 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 383 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
All that said, RUF has already put a price tag on the Panamera RXL. If you’re interested in a Panamera limousine, you’re going to have to shell out €200,000, which is around $262,000 based on current exchange rates.
After being teased for quite some time, RUF’s new CTR3 Clubsport finally made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Built as an evolution of the standard RUF CTR3, the new Clubsport version features some of the classic 1950s styling cues that were itching to get on a more modern interpretation.
The RUF CTR3 Clubsport has received a carbon fiber treatment on the fenders, door sills, rear deck lid, and the roof mounted air-duct to add a little flair to the already impeccable Cayman tuning package. A functional rigid rear spoiler also provides the car with more stability while driving at high speeds, which is a necessity in a vehicle such as this.
Powering the RUF CTR3 Clubsport is a twin turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine with an output of 750 HP at 7100 rpm and a peak torque of 708 lb-ft at 4000 rpm - that’s an increase of 50 HP over a standard RUF CTR3. The engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox and can sprint the car up to an impressive top speed of 229 mph.
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.
More details on the RUF CTR 3 after the jump.
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
The electric car bandwagon is sure filling up these days with automakers from Chevrolet all the way to Porsche, and many in between, coming up with plans to produce or further market their electric vehicles. Now even tuning firms are following in the automakers’ footsteps as RUF, a German tuner, is preparing no less than ten electric sports car based on the Porsche 911. These 10 models will be manufactured in cooperation with Siemens AG and will be presented in the first half of 2011.
The first of the 10 electric models is called the Single Motor Concept and is based on a 997 Carrera. It is powered by a 180 KW electric motor that takes its power from lithium-ion batteries with an energy capacity of 29 kWh. The electric motor has a driving range of approximately 150 km (93 miles) and a maximum speed of about 136 mph. The sprint from 0-62mph takes about 7 seconds.
The second electric RUF vehicle is the Twin Motor Concept with 2-speed Gearbox. It features two transversely mounted Siemens synchronous electric motors producing 250 kW (335hp) with double inverters and an automatic 2 speed gearbox with limited slip differential. This model has an autonomy of 200 kilometers (124 miles) and can hit a top speed of 136 mph.
The third concept we have details on is the Twin Motor Concept with Torque Vectoring. This concept features the same two transversely mounted Siemens synchronous electric motors with double inverters as before, but gets two separate angular bevel gearboxes for independent rear wheel drive as well. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, while top speed is 111 mph.
Earlier, at the Michelin Tuning and Bespoke auto manufacturer’s day at the Nurburgring in Germany, Porsche outfitter and tuning outfit, RUF, fetched along the mighty looking Ruf CTR 3 and allowed me a few passenger laps. Like all RUF models, the CTR 3 is Porsche based, but the origin of its chassis has never been disclosed. I suspect 60% of the chassis to be reconstructed from the front wing and slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate repositioning of the twin-turbo flat-six boxer engine. The CTR3’s ambition and heritage was to replace the now legendary 469bhp CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ and the 520bhp CTR2 that followed a decade later.
Using essentially the same motor as Ruf’s 911-based Rt 12, but with an additional 50hp, the CTR3’s 700bhp is supported by a jaw thumping 656lb ft of torque at 4000rpm. Therefore directing all the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gear box. This thrusts the CTR3 to 0-124mph in 9.6sec. However, no matter what the figures tell you, on the Nordschleife in Germany, I expected it to be restrained in the many uncompromising corners of the northloop.
This definitely was not the case. Immediately after leaving the car park and cruising down through Tiergarten, I realized this was no normal press lap. Hatzenbach and Quiddelbacher were a blur and I was overwhelmed by the power and low end lagless power delivered by the twin turbochargers.
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In 2008 Ruf was unveiling the eRUF concept - a vehicle built under the "Emotion without Emission" logo.
It the first prototype to lead the technical development away from the combustion engine. Actually, for the first time an electric motor is being used which comes to fitting into the Ruf
model range. But this was just an experimental vehicle, as one year later, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show Ruf brought the eRUF Greenster - a model that will go on sale by the end of 2010.
The eRuf Greenster features an electric drive train systems developed by Siemens. It is a central motor with a power output of 270 kW and 950 Nm of torque, but the following version will be produced as a small series with Ruf as a double-motor concept with the innovative integral eDrive. As such, the eRUF will be the world’s first electric vehicle fitted with a bi-directional network connection.
The eRUF Greenster has an autonomy of 250 kilometers (or 320 with an enlarged battery block). It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in approx. 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Full details after the jump.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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.
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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!
Ruf has announced that they will unveil the third generation CTR3, 20 years after the original CTR was launched in 1987. The CTR3 will be based on the Porsche Cayman and will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.8L flat six engine with an output of 700 hp at 7000 rpm.
The CTR3 will have a top speed of 223 mph.