RUF based the RTurbo off the drivetrain of the 996 Turbo. Customers could order their RTurbo either with all-wheel drive, or for an added cost, a rear-drive version. Buyers could also choose between the narrow Carrera body, or the turbo wide-body. The RTurbo was available in both coupe and cabriolet form.
The body was fitted with a modified nose with additional vent slots at the top and RUF air dam below, aerodynamically optimized RUF outside mirrors, and a modified, electrically adjustable rear spoiler. Side air inlets for the intercoolers were inset above the wheel arches, putting them closer to the intercoolers.
Output of the water-cooled 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged engine was raised to a reliable 520hp by altered turbochargers, modified engine control module, sports air filter, special intake runners, and a RUF exhaust system. To safely extract its maximum torque of 546lbft, vehicles with a six-speed manual transmission were equipped with a reinforced clutch. Alternately, a five-speed Tiptronic S option was available.
The sports suspension included specially tuned Bilstein gas-pressure shock absorbers and stiffer springs. In place of the Turbo brake system, customers could choose extremely durable ceramic brakes as an added-cost option. Wheel choices were 18″ RUF modular wheels, or 19″ RUF aluminum alloys. Inside the instrument panel housed special RUF instruments with green markings, a special sports steering wheel, and lightweight shell seats.
The RTurbo could accelerate to 62mph in a scant 3.7 seconds, and depending on gearing reach a top speed between 205 and 214mph.
RUF soon launched the next performance level of the RTurbo with output increased to 550hp and an incredible 575lbft of torque. The improved RTurbo could reach a top speed of 218mph.
218 MPH / 350 KMH
MAXIMUM POWER AT 6000 / MIN:
520 / 550 HP
MAXIMUM TORQUE AT 4000 / MIN:
546 / 575 LBFT
6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR 5-SPEED TIPTRONIC S