• Oct 15, 2010
Ruf Roadster – Click above for image gallery

In the market for a 911? Lord knows Porsche has more than enough variants to choose from. And a fair few of them – like the Sport Classic and the Speedster – draw their inspiration from 911s of yore. But if those aren't to your liking, venerable tuning house Ruf has a new option at your disposal.

Ruf calls it a Roadster, but it takes its cues (as well as its form) from the original 1967 Porsche 911 Targa. The Ruf Roadster features a solid roll bar that offers the structural rigidity of a coupe with a variety of configurations for open-air driving. Because the roof panels and rear window can be removed separately, the Roadster can be driven with the roof open and the rear closed, the rear open and the roof closed, or completely open or closed. You could even take one of the split roof panels off to let the sun shine in on the driver while keeping the front-seat passenger sheltered.

Buyers can choose from naturally aspirated (400-horsepower) or turbocharged (560hp) engines, with prices starting at €195,000 (approximately $275k at today's conversion rates). Hey, nobody said flexibility came cheap.



[Source: PistonHeads]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      love porsche...this is absolutely ugly and wrong
      • 4 Years Ago
      The original Targa was one of my favorite Porsches. The only thing i'd change on the Ruf is to offer an optional plexiglass rear window.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to have 911SC Targa... great car. Love the idea here... the execution, not so much. gotta give it a fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That goes town in my list of the top 3 ugliest Porsches ever:

      1. Cayenne
      2. Panamera
      3. This
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love targa tops
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Dad used to have a 1970's 911 targa, we fully restored that car. It was hands down one of my favorite cars my Dad had and that we worked on together. IT was a sad, sad day when he sold it. It was sold to an exporter of Porsches, oddly enough he was sending it back to Germany (after he drove it for a few months since he like it so much and said the restoration job was one of the best he had come across). The man paid for it all in cash and had 10,000 stacks of 100's all together wrapped in tinfoil. I thought it was funny to me that a car that was made there then sent here to be sold, then we spent countless hours finding authentic Porsche parts some actually coming from Germany and then returned there. I guess there is something to be said to setting something free in it's wild territory.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're the only way I could fit into an mr2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Targa top always ruined the curve of the 911 roof-line. On the modern 911 it is even worse. Wonder if it leaks like the old Targas did too?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yikes, that is some poor execution.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's pretty Ruf around the edges.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, not a fan of that fabric rear. Should have had only the Targa top just like the original. I've always liked the RUF wheels though, simple, timeless design. I want a set of those to replace the ugly Lobster claws on mine...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually the original targa had a foldable plastic window very similar in execution to this
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big Porsche fan here ...
      but that is Fugly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather take Porsche's "targa top" than this. At least it flows nicely. I really respect Ruf's work, but you'd think someone would at some point step back and take a good look at the profile realizing "wait… no no no, this is all wrong"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ew. No thanks. Targas are nice but this is not even a nice try.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love 911s, but I don't care for this one.
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