Porsche tuner RUF has arrived at such a high level expertise in their job that just tuning factory engines don’t phase them. They are now designing and making their own engines! Actually they’ve been making bespoke powerplant based on Porsche engines for 10 years, and now they’ve come up with a new V8, which replaces the standard flat-six in the new version of RUF RGT Porsche 911.
This new 4.5 liter V8 develops 404kW (550bhp) and peak torque of 550 Nm. You can tell it’s an engineering marvel just by reviewing its technical specs:
Lightweight-8-Cylinder-90°-engine with racing DNA
180° crankshaft “Flatcrank”
4,5 Liter displacement
Power output 404 kW (550 bhp) @ 8500rpm
Maximum torque 500 Nm @ 5400rpm
Aluminium crankcase and cylinder heads
Water cooled, cylinderheads and engineblock cross flowed
4-valve system with spherical layout
4 camshafts with hydraulically timed valve system for in- and outlet
Hydraulic valve tappets
Dry sump oil lubrication with two windage trays for each of the 4 chambers
Individual chamber oil suction with 2 suction intakes
Waterpump, generator and AC compressor are directly driven of the Engine (no belts), located at the lowest position
Sequential fuel injection system
Individual cylinder ignition coils
Electronic engine management system
Electronic throttle control system per bank with 2 butterflies
3-Way catalytic converters with stereo closed loop lambda control
On-Board-Diagnosis for continuous monitoring of the exhaust system
This unit is mated to a 6 speed gearbox with shortened gear shift movement which send the power to the rear wheels, where it’s transfered to the ground via Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires wrapped around 19 inch RUF forged alloy wheels.Needless to say the car comes with upgraded chassis and suspension, as well as bigger brakes.
The RGT-8 011 also gets a familiar RUF aerokit with bigger air intakes and big rear spoiler and inside you get special dials and an integrated roll cage, but they also offer a Frère package (named after Belgian race driver Paul Frère which enhances the standard vehicle with special front fenders, nose and dashboard components.