997 goes through the Ruf

To Porschephiles and gamers worldwide, RUF is well known for its amazing transformation of the 911 into something very special. The release of the 2006 RGT takes an already excellent car and transforms it into perhaps one of the best dual-purpose street/track vehicles in the world.

Follow the jump for a full dissection and more pics.

RUF begins the metamorphosis by adding their own unique body kit. The most prominent feature is the front bumper, which sports five air intakes plus allows for a vent at the leading edge of the hood. The outer intakes below the bumper and the hood vent send air across the engine radiators while the two smaller vents channel air to the brakes for increased cooling. The aerodynamically enhanced exterior mirrors can be ordered in carbon fiber and the doors to which they are affixed are made of aluminum, saving 14 kilos. Above the RUF-specific rear bumper, the deck lid spoiler is also made of carbon fiber, as is the engine cover. Fiberglass fender flares are screwed to the body front and rear to allow for the three-piece 19-inch Superleggera lightweight wheels wearing 235/35 ZR 19 front and 325/30 ZR 19 rear rubber. Forged, single-piece 20-inch aluminum wheels in classic RUF 5-spoke-design are also available.

Based on the crankcase of the 964-engine generation, the RGT powerplant is equipped with dry-sump lubrication and a separate oil tank to ensure a reliable oil supply under all conditions. Sporting a 12.0:1 compression ratio, the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter cranks out 445 hp at 7,600 rpm and 310 lb./ft. of torque at 5,100 rpm. To keep everything together, the connecting rods are made of light, high-strength titanium and a Motronic drive by wire engine management system keeps watch over the engine's vitals, allowing maximum power without self-destruction.

Helping to keep your twitches between the ditches, the RGT features all of the 997 standard safety and stability systems, including ABS, ASR and ABD, that work in concert with the monobloc, 6-piston caliper, cross-drilled rotor equipped braking system. If some of the shortest, most consistent stopping distances in the business aren't enough, a ceramic-composite system can be added at an additional cost.

Interior upgrades include lightweight seating and the usual array of aluminum pedals, shift knob, etc. One of the really cool features is the completely concealed roll cage covered by the Alcantera headlining in the A, B and C-pillars.

The RGT will only be available in rear-wheel-drive and a 6-speed manual transmission with limited slip differential and short shift kit, but in both coupe and convertible bodies. Expect performance of 4.2 seconds to 62 mph (100 kph) and a top speed of 197 mph (315 kph).

Thanks to Richard Owen for the tip!

[Source: Supercars.net]

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