As with the air-cooled cars before them, RUF conquered new market niches with water-cooled models. The RUF RGT was based on the 996 Carrera in Coupe or Cabriolet form. Power came from a 3.6 liter engine based on the GT3 power unit producing 385hp, and a maximum torque of 277lbft. The power increase was achieved using four modified camshafts, a high-performance exhaust system, sports air-filter and retuned engine-control system.
The RGT was intended for the many customers who missed out on the GT3. And in contrast to the GT3, the RGT was certified for sale in the United States. Aerodynamics of the narrow RGT body were optimized by a front spoiler, sill extensions, a large fixed rear spoiler and electrically-adjustable and heated aero exterior mirrors.
The interior was entirely trimmed in leather, and, in the coupe, fitted with the IRC (Integrated Roll Cage). The brake system used six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear with ventilated and cross-drilled 330mm discs. Its sports suspension was tuned for agile handling.
Acceleration to 62mph took just 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 191mph.
An even more extreme version of the RGT was available called the RGT RS. Only two were produced, specifically for the US market. The RGT RS was an evolution of the RGT design, further refining its thoroughbred nature. Bolt-on exterior flares being the most obvious difference, the RGT RS was a track focused beast. Further lightening and an enhancement to 395hp completed the package.