Ruf RGT-8 based on the 2012 Porsche 911 (991)

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 12, 2012

The latest RGT-8 from Ruf is based on the 991 generation of the Porsche 911. The company founded by the late Alois Ruf has an expert engineering staff and a business prowess that had has made it even more popular. This latest RGT-8 continues to substitute a 4.5-liter V-8 for the Porsche’s standard flat-six.

This is the same treatment applied by the 997-gen 911 to the RGT-8. Ruf is known for its tidy installations that are also designed well. The 991 911 has an enviable output, using naturally aspirated sixes that deliver up to 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Ruf V-8 raises its power to 543 hp at 8500 rpm and 369 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

Its engine is a Ruf design and is exclusively built for the Bavaria-based firm. Its 32-valve design has an aluminum block and aluminum heads, integrating DOHC, a flat crank, and dry-sump lubrication.

Its engineering was supervised by Hans Mezger, who developed the engine for Porsche’s powerful 917 race cars. This conversion doesn’t come cheap at around €200,000 (slightly higher than $263,000) at the present exchange rates. If 543hp still doesn’t satisfy you, you could ask Ruf for more through turbocharging. The target for this enhanced V-8 is 900 hp.

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