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2009-03-13 08:01
Mean green machine. Porsche 911 Targa styling carr

Mean green machine. Porsche 911 Targa styling carries the insane paint finish well enough, 950Nm Siemens sourced electric motor ensures performance is up to standard.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer RUF
Model Greenster
Engine Single electric (Siemens)
Power 270kW
Torque 950Nm
Zero To Hundred 5 seconds
Top Speed 250km/h
Bavarian Porsche tuner, Ruf, in partnership with electronics conglomerate Siemens, have fused expertise to create the battery powered, 911-based, eRuf Greenster.

Oddly named it may be, yet the Greenster, finished in an obligatory shocking green hue, flies in the face of all traditionally accepted electric car performance logic.

Lightweight electric?

Firstly, the eRuf Greenster, at 1 480kg, is no more heavier than a conventional 911 Targa, despite sporting a very sophisticated eDrive system comprising a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor.

The second bane of all electric cars – recharging periods – has been addressed by incorporating a quick charge function (able to recharge the Greenster in only one hour according to Ruf) which functions via a single 400v power outlet.

Quite where you are going to find a 400v outlet in your house though, is another question altogether…We find the six hour charging period with a conventional 240v socket more plausible.

911 Turbo quashing torque

Siemens claims the eDrive unit produces 270kW and 950Nm of torque, equating performance numbers which do justice to the Porsche design heritage.

Ruf claims a 0-100km/h sprint in five seconds dead and a top speed of 250km/h, with range around 250km too – at unspecified dynamic loads though.

Instrumentation is classic 911-simple, even more so with the eDrive calibrated readout. Greenster might want to save the planet, but vegetarian it's not, plenty of leather trim still present.

The remainder of the Greenster is traditional 911 targa, with a removable roof, soft rear window and roll bar. Greenster rolls on a set of 19-inch Ruf mags hiding ceramic brakes.

A new instrument pod, calibrated to render functions relevant to an electric drivetrain, distinguishes the Greenster's interior from other high performance Ruf Porsche products.

Ruf is promising to deliver fully roadworthy customer cars by next year. Retailing from €180,000, considering the car's Siemens designed drivetrain credentials, the Greenster should give Tesla motors something to ponder.


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