Ruf RGT

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This article is about the sports car. For the rallying category, see Group R-GT.
Ruf RGT
Ruf RGT 2007.jpg
2007 Ruf RGT
Overview
Manufacturer Ruf Automobile
Production 2000–present
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine
  • 3.6 L H6
  • 3.8 L H6
  • 4.5 L V8
Transmission 6-speed manual

The Ruf RGT is a sports car made by Ruf Automobile of Germany.

First generation (2000–2004)[edit]

Ruf RGT (first generation)

The first-generation Ruf RGT was introduced in 2000 using an engine and chassis based on the Porsche 996. The Ruf RGT combines light weight with a powerful engine to provide impressive performance. Acceleration of the original 3.6L version was 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h).

Second generation (2005–2011)[edit]

When the Porsche 997 debuted, Ruf bored out the 3.6 L engine to 3.8 litres (231.9 cu in), modified the exhaust and catalytic converters, and replaced the ECU and air filter. The new power output was 445 bhp (332 kW), which resulted in decreasing the 0-60 mph time from 4.6 to 4.2 seconds (or even 4.1, according to some sources), and increasing top speed by 7 mph (to 317 km/h).

Ruf also added a performance suspension system, using Bilstein components, as well as high-performance Brembo disc brakes, measuring 13.8 inches (351 mm) in front and 13 inches (330 mm) in the rear.

The car's appearance is also changed, using a bodykit that includes a polyurethane front air dam and carbon fibre doors, mirrors, engine lid, and spoiler, all of which reduce the car's weight to 2,932 pounds (1,330 kg). The car is fitted with 19 inch Ruf-designed Superleggera wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Finally, the RGT is customized with interior trim of the customer's choice, including Recaro seats and the deletion of unnecessary parts to save weight.

RGT-8[edit]

In 2010, an update version of the 997 RGT, was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. This RGT-8 is powered by a completely new, Ruf designed 4.5-litre V8 engine with a 180° flat-plane crankshaft. It features four valves arranged spherically together with multipoint fuel injection which ensure optimal mixture conditions while the dry sump oil system supplies the necessary lubrication." To ensure maximum sportiness, Ruf made the RGT-8 as light as possible by installing the aluminum doors, an aluminum hood, a carbon fiber engine cover, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Like the flat-6 versions, the new RGT-8 also includes ceramic brakes, an integrated roll-cage, and 19-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

Specifications[edit]

(Data shown is for the 997 RGT model)

  • Weight: 2,932 pounds (1,330 kg)
  • Power: 445 hp (332 kW) @ 7600 rpm
  • Torque: 310 lb·ft (420 N·m) @ 5100 rpm
  • Specific output: approx. 117.1 hp (87 kW) per litre
  • Power-to-weight ratio: approx. 6.59 pounds (2.99 kg) per horsepower
    • 0-60 mph (97 km/h): 4.2 sec
    • Top Speed: 197 mph (317.0 km/h)[1]

Third generation (2012–present)[edit]

2012 Ruf RGT (left)

In 2012, the latest version of RGT-8 was unveiled in Geneva Motor Show. However, this model is an all-new car based on Porsche 991 rather than an update. As with the previous version, the new RGT-8 uses the same 4.5-litre V8 engine with power and torque output of 550 hp (410 kW) at 8500rpm and 369 lb·ft (500 N·m) at 4000rpm. The top speed for this vehicle is 318 km/h (197.6 mph).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Road & Track July 2007 "Pumped Up Porsches"". roadandtrack.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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