2010 Geneva Motor Show: RUF RGT-8

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

At the Geneva Motor Show, the tuning specialists at RUF have created their own version of the Porsche 911 with the RGT-8. What's unusual is that the RGT8 doesn't use a Porsche powerplant or a 911 Turbo engine.

Instead, the car is fitted with an in-house developed V8 unit. The 4.5-liter engine has a compact design and offers 550 HP at 8,500 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 5,400 rpm.

With this innovative design, the car weighs less than 200 kg. RUF gave the car a dry-sump lubrication system that is effective under all driving conditions. 

The V8 is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that has shortened shift movements and sends the power to the rear wheels.

The supercar is given a set of 19-inch RUF forged wheels that have a single central retaining nut and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

To provide sufficient stopping power, the supercar uses a ceramic braking system that works under any condition and is fade-free. The V8-equipped 911 uses a bespoke front fascia and new front fenders.

RUF says that this car is inspired by the 550 Coupe that won the 1953 Le Mans race. The front hood and doors are made of aluminum and its engine hood and rear spoiler are made from carbonfiber.

On the car's interior, we see new sport seats and a full roll cage that enhances the car's rigidity and offers a high level of safety. Furthermore, the dashboard has been fitted with new components.

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