The RUF BTR2 Mixes Mature Styling With Potent German Engineering


The very first issue that struck me when I noticed this excellent machine in the metal was the understated elegance of its physical appearance. It definitely does appear like a quickly Porsche, but its mature stature belies the truth that this is no ordinary solution of Stuttgart. In truth its producer is not even listed as Porsche in the paperwork. This is a distinct breed of air-cooled efficiency, and it comes from a quiet Bavarian municipality named Pfaffenhausen.

One particular can instantaneously acknowledge the lines of a 911 in practically each RUF car, but in these autos the stability among the display and the go factors is what you could practically classify as “sleeper.” It seems quite related to a 993-generation Porsche Turbo—and there is no argument to be produced for a form like that to ever fully fly underneath the radar—but relative to what this RUF is capable of, its aesthetic presence is a bit coy even with the bronze wheels and graphics.

Expert makers that generate quickly, reduced-volume autos typically adopt an focus-grabbing styling method merely place, they want to stand out from the usually far more reserved patterns of more substantial makers. This typically final results in maw-like intakes, taller wings, and just far more perspective in common at the cost of subtlety. RUF on the other hand has lengthy been content material with a far more delicate touch to the exterior. RUF autos are not what any sane individual would describe as demure—and we are speaking in relative terms by default each time turbocharged sports activities autos capable of 190mph is the topic—but they by no means overdo it. What this indicates is that in tandem with the outstanding electrical power that Alois Ruf and his compatriots bestow beneath the engine cover, a RUF solution usually has the horsepower to back up the bark.

In the late 1970s, Alois Ruf turned his father’s respectable automotive fix store into a single of the most charismatic professional makers of the Porsche globe, and given that then the organization has maintained a steady track record of globe-beaters. What sets RUF apart is not just the actuality-bending pace of creations like the CTR “Yellowbird,” but also the philosophy that yields these legendary autos.

They are usually on a quest to obtain the complete possible that can be unlocked from a common Porsche (and have gone effectively and actually past that in a lot of situations), by taking the engineering to ranges of refinement and potency that the factory by no means did. Even though RUF is its very own bonafide manufacturer—not a tuner—the strategy has by no means appeared to be about wholly overwriting the Porsche DNA, but rather about 2nd-guessing what the engineers may possibly have been forced to reluctantly give up on for the duration of the manufacturing method due to a single constraint or yet another. RUF does not have to deal with the exact same problems as a enormous operation like Porsche, and consequently the organization has the freedom to go a single, two, 3, or nonetheless a lot of actions even more it feels like.

And these autos are not just Porsches with far more electrical power. There is a thoroughness to these autos, a extensive method to improvement wherein the mighty motors are matched in variety by larger brakes, a strengthened chassis, far more productive aerodynamics and cooling, and of program a gamut of suspension operate. These are not engine-swap scorching rod Porsches, these are RUFs.

Although the aforementioned authentic CTR will get most of the really like, the BTR assortment is no joke both, and predates the CTR as a trouncer of supercars. Manufacturing of the very first G-series-based mostly BTRs started in 1983, and have been the very first autos to carry a RUF VIN. In the exact same convention later on followed by the CTR, the BTR title is an abbreviation of Gruppe B Turbo RUF, which basically references the Group B set of sports activities and rally autos laws that had been launched in 1982. But given that Group B sports activities auto racing by no means truly took off, the BTR proved to outlive its inspiration quite early on into its lifespan. Group B is synonymous with rallying now, but at the starting there have been higher hopes for a large producer presence in circuit competitors as well—that’s the place the Ferrari GTO Evo and Porsche 959 would have probably had their motorsport showdown.

But lets get back to the BTR. The very first generation claimed for a time the title of world’s quickest manufacturing auto, and some even say that this auto was element of the inspiration for Porsche to get on the 959 undertaking. I’m not positive how legitimate these claims are, but I wouldn’t be at all amazed if the BTR played some element in influencing Porsche’s monumental supercar undertaking. In a lot of techniques, a RUF can be regarded as the engineer’s Porsche a way to lengthen and amplify the genetics of the 911 and its mid-engine family members.

The BTR title was absent for the duration of the 964 generation 911s, but the followup act, the BTR2 like the auto pictured right here, took the authentic idea and efficiently utilized it to the 993 generation. By this time, the location of the BTR in the RUF lineup had transformed, turning out to be a far more street-faring auto if you will. Anything to cater to the buyers who have been in search of usable efficiency, rather than outright bragging rights and pace data.

Because RUF also converts client autos from base 911s (as opposed to beginning from a blank, unstamped shell immediately from Porsche, which is how totally in-residence RUFs start their lives),  only ten BTR2s have RUF VINs stamped on them. Out of these ten, only 3 have been righthand drive. As you can guess, the illustration pictured right here is a single of these valuable handful of. The rest of the BTR2s are conversions, which means they began reside as a common Porsche 993, just before getting modified by RUF at the request of their owners.

Every single proprietor of a converted auto could opt for both the full BTR2 package deal, or just the bits he or she liked. For instance, quite handful of of these converted auto owners went for the integrated roll cage, as set up essential taking out the total interior of the auto. In essence, the ten “VIN cars” are the ones that supply the purest vision of the RUF BTR2.

To go back to the stage about relative sleepers, while Porsche made the decision to use its classic broad physique styling for the 993 Turbo, RUF caught with the narrow physique, and culled far more electrical power from its model of the turbocharged flat-6. The Porsche Turbo is also AWD, with twin turbos, although the BTR2 is a far more traditional—and far more enjoyable—rear-wheel drive setup with a single turbocharger. It is received far more electrical power, far more torque, significantly less excess weight, and is quicker in each element of a straight line than its Porsche doppelgänger, and it also predates the factory Turbo by some two years—perhaps this explains the determination for the narrower physique?

Irrespective of the width of its rear track, the BTR2 even now holds its very own with modern day sports activities autos. This is no charming analog sports activities auto whose efficiency will get the rose-tinted treatment method of nostalgia. It is merely quickly. Contemporary quickly. The engine, based mostly on the three.6L flat-6 from the 993 Carrera, delivers practically 420hp and 435lb-ft proper all around the 5000rpm mark, and it transmits it by means of a RUF 6-pace guide and a 60-% locking differential. Dealing with is also significantly assisted by an integrated roll cage, creating for a driver  expertise that transcends the electrical power numbers on their very own. But these numbers are far from shabby on their very own. The excellent outdated -to-60 requires just three.seven seconds, and to demonstrate that it is not just a trick of brief gear ratios, the BTR2 can carry on to a leading pace of 191mph. As I mentioned, this is even now a modern day definition of quickly.

The very first proprietor stored this auto for about twenty many years, and he had all the servicing and servicing accomplished by RUF. He loved the auto by all accounts, driving it for some 70k miles. Usually thorough, by no means taken to a carwash, the authentic paint as utilized by RUF in 1998 even now seems outstanding. I really don’t truly recognize the logic that says each sports activities auto wants to be driven rather than taken care of as an investment or as garage artwork, but this BTR2 proves that if you get right care of your regular drivers their problem will not be dictated by the odometer.