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2010-10-27 06:56

RETRO RUF: German manufacturer Ruf pays tribute to classic Porsche Targa style with its new Roadster.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer RUF
Model Roadster
Engine 3.8l flat-six
Rich people love retro cars.

At least we hope so, for Alois Ruf’s sake.

The famous manufacturer of Porsche-based performance cars has a rather interesting new product on offer.

Pfaffenhausen-based Ruf is aiming to fill a niche left vacant by Porsche due to Zuffenheim's refusal to merge forced-induction 911 power with its Targa roof architecture.

Retro Ruf (stuff)

Ruf’s latest project is not some outlandishly powerful 911 Turbo derivative, but a take on one of Porsche’s most classic cars.

Its retro 997 is an ode to the original 1967 911 Targa, characterised by its removable roof panels.

To capture a look faithful to the 1967 Targa, Ruf’s technicians fashioned two individually fastened roof panels from carbon-fibre.

Catering for modern crash safety parameters the original '67 Targa’s soft-plastic rear window was replaced with a triple-layer polyglass item.

Power options for the Ruf Roadster are from two 3.8l flat-six series production Porsche engine, producing either 289kW in naturally-aspirated trim or 406kW in turbocharged form.

The naturally-aspirated car will only be available in rear-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission, whilst the turbo Roadster will benefit from the traction security of all-wheel drive and dynamic agility of a dual-clutch transmission.

The 911 Speedster alternative?

All 65 of Ruf’s employees are urgently working to get the Pfaffenhausen production facility geared to produce the first Roadsters for customer orders early next year.

If you are not one of the lucky 356 customers who got down a deposit for the Porsche Speedster then you’ll be thrilled at the opportunity to own something as exclusive with a drop-top Porsche heritage in the form of Ruf’s Roadster.

For those Porschephiles who desire the combination of terrifyingly quick performance and Targa styling - something Porsche does not offer within its current bumper 911 model range - the Ruf Roadster will be a very attractive alternative.

The price? A rather dear R1.8m, before any tax or customs charges...


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