The 2014 Ruf RCT offers rear-drive action with 911 Turbo funWed, 05 Mar 2014 19:21:00 EST
Ruf has 37 years of experience of turning Porsches into even higher performance machines. For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it's unveiling the RCT, or Ruf Carrera Turbo, which offers power to split the difference between Porsche's 911 Turbo and Turbo S models.
The RCT starts with a unique body kit with a new front air dam and drastically changed rear deck that combines both a small spoiler and air intake. Power is provided by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six with 525 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque paired to either a seven-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. That gives the Ruf a 5-hp and 15-lb-ft advantage over Porsche's own Turbo but is still less powerful than the full Turbo S. The RCT sprints to 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 196 mph.
However, the Ruf's big advantage is that it offers buyers the choice of either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while Stuttgart's turbo models are only available spinning all four wheels. The RCT can also offers upgrades like an integrated roll cage and custom suspension packages, should the buyer be so inclined to splash out on racing kit.
Pfaffenhausen/Geneva, March 4th 2014
A success story continues
RUF's turbocharged cars have a proven track record, sustained over 37 years at the cutting edge of automotive technology and design. A milestone model in the RUF sequel is the RUF RCT, originally launched in 1994. The abbreviation "RCT" stands for "RUF Carrera Turbo". The performance gains achieved by transforming a normally-aspirated flat-six power-unit into a high-torque motor through RUF's renowned turbo technology were enthusiastically received by devotees, clients and media alike. The 2014 RCT pays sincere homage to its heritage. The RUF RCT's new, intercooled twin-turbo 3.8-litre engine develops 525 hp (386 kW) @ 6.800 rpm. Maximum torque is 502 lb/ft (680 Nm), arriving @ 2.300 rpm and upward. The RCT's rear wing creates optimum downforce over the rear axle to further augment handling, whilst directing air to the rearmounted intercooler. The RUF RCT coupe can be configured with rear-wheel drive as well as an all-wheel drive powertrain. RUF's vast options list for the RCT includes the famous IRC - or Integrated Roll Cage, custom suspension packages, as well as an enticing palette of bespoke colors.
Leistung / Power 525 PS / 386 kW bei / @ 6.000/min
Max. Drehmoment / Torque 680 Nm (620 lb ft) bei / @ 2.300 - 4.500/min
Hubraum / Displacement 3.800 cm3
Kraftübertragung / Transmission 7-Gang Doppelkupplungsgetriebe oder 7-Gang manuelles Schaltgetriebe
7-speed double clutch system or 7-speed manual gearbox
Höchstgeschwindigkeit / Top speed 315 km/h (196 mph)
Verbrauch / Fuel consumption
Innerstädtisch / urban 16,8 l/100km
Außerstädtisch / non-urban 8,5 l/100km
Gesamt / combined 11,8 l/100km
CO2 Emissionen / CO2 emissions 274 g/km
By Chris Bruce
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