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Ruf RGT-8 – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Over the last decade, Ruf has created two versions of the Porsche 911 bearing the RGT moniker. The first was a 385-hp, 3.6-liter 996 and the second was a 445-hp 997. Now, the supercar manufacturer (don't call 'em a tuner) has created its third iteration, the RGT-8, and it's the firm's most impressive engineering feat to date.

Nestled within the back of Stuttgart's finest, Ruf has managed to squeeze in a 4.5-liter V8 putting out 550 horsepower at its 8,500-rpm redline and 367 pound-feet of torque at 5,400 rpm. The 180-degree, flatcrank V8 is apparently custom designed by Ruf and comes complete with titanium connecting rods, a dry-sump lubrication system and spherical heads. And not only does it meet both U.S. and European emission standards, the whole swap is reportedly 80 pounds lighter than the 3.8-liter boxer-six it replaces.

A custom interior, integrated roll cage, 19-inch Ruf wheels (wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cups) and carbon ceramic brakes (among a host of other mods) round out the package. Although Ruf isn't quoting performance figures or putting a sticker on the RGT-8 yet, we've gotten word that production is set to begin in 2011 and orders are currently being booked. We're buying a lottery ticket in Lausanne right now.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love RUF with such enormous passion. In fact, I dare say the only reason I love Porsche is because I could never afford a RUF.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't see the point in this, considering how much power can be made with the 3.8L 6-cyl.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's quite simply a good look looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well my local lotto is 19 mill this week so maybe.... Well a guy can dream right? I would love to see/hear this thing in action.The fact they made it lighter is scary awesome tho! Ruf must have taken a Lotus type approach to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This just blew my everloving mind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this car made me have a stroke from the excitement it created in my head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing how it fits in perfect and looks like it has room on top for a supercharger even.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was hoping for small chevy with a 750 Holley.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me they seem more like a tuner than a manufacturer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They buy body shells from Porsche and finish the rest of the car their way. They are considered a manufacturer in Germany.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not only by German law RUF is a car manufactor..
        in 1981 RUF recived the status of a car producer with own producer id number in Germany ... in 1987 RUF recived the car producer status in the USA from the EPA and DOT.
        Since two decades RUF has the car producer status ... it´s like Shelby in the USA... Shelby has only build one model from scratch all other are based on other manufactor cars... AC Ace, Ford Mustang


        There is no Porsche on which the RUF CTR3 is based on...they have a own plant were they build it. There is no Porsche chassie under it..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think it's a 180° flat engine,

      It's a 90° V engine
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know that, I wish it was a flat engine.

        A flat crank V8 is not necessarily a horizontally opposed engine.

        And a flat crank shared-journal, horizontally opposed engine (ie Ferrari 512BB and Testarossa) are not true boxers, with opposed pistons getting opposed crankshaft journals.

        A flat engine came out of that car. Porsche, Subaru, Alfa, Lycoming, and others build flat engines for a reason... and a flat engine should be put back in that car.

        A 4.5 Boxer 8 with dry-sump would be insanely great. And as I mentioned... mid-engined in the 918's chassis and bodywork, even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it a coincidence that the old Cayenne engine was a 4.5L V8 with dry sump lubrication?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone please photoshop Kermit behind the steering wheel for me. Preferably with his classic-ginormous-open-mouthed smile.
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