2002 RUF RTurbo

With the arrival of Porsche's 996 Turbo in showrooms in late 1999, RUF launched their own particular version of Germany's latest supercar. The new 'RTurbo' was based on the 996 Turbo's drive-train with customers able to specify all-wheel drive or rear-drive only.

The RTurbo's drive-train consisted of a Porsche GT2 transaxle, a beefier upgraded clutch, a limited slip differential and 4-wheel drive. The sports suspension included specially tuned Bilstein gas-pressure shock absorbers and stiffer springs. Wheel choices were 18″ RUF modular wheels or 19″ RUF aluminium alloys.


Inside, the instrument panel housed special RUF instruments with green markings, a RUF sports steering wheel and lightweight shell seats. The body was fitted with a modified nose with additional vent slots at the top and RUF air dam below, aerodynamically optimised 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-litre twin-turbocharged engine was initially raised to 520 hp by adopting redesigned KKK turbochargers, a modified engine control module,  GT3 engine mounts, upgraded valve train, a modified VarioCam system and a bespoke RUF exhaust system with a bypass valve. To safely extract the maximum torque of 546 lbft, vehicles with a six-speed manual transmission were equipped with a reinforced clutch.


The RTurbo could accelerate to 62 mph in an impressive 3.7 seconds and, depending on gearing, reach a top speed between 205 and 214 mph. RUF soon launched the next performance level of the RTurbo with output increased to 550 hp and an incredible 575 lbft of torque edging the top speed up to 218 mph.

This left hand drive RUF RTurbo was the RUF factory press car used in the early 2000's and is the actual car that was used in the famous promotional film around the Nurburgring.  This RTurbo has also featured on the front cover of the limited-edition book ‘Porsche and RUF Sportscars’, written by Marc Bongers.


A two-page document in the accompanying history file from RUF themselves confirms that ‘W09BD03683PR06037’ is optioned with the 550 hp (RT36003) engine, is four-wheel drive, and is finished in Blossom Yellow (POR139) with a black leather interior. The list of options is huge. 


In 2006, the car was rebuilt by RUF and the odometer zeroed before being sold privately in Norway. Now showing under 49,000 km (post-rebuild), this very special car has formed part of a private collection for the past few years. Accompanying the car is a good history file, which contains details of the car's life plus the normal books and wallets. The service book shows five stamps, with the latest service carried out by Porsche Centre Son, in Norway, in July 2016 when the mileage was showing 46,893 km. 

The car is now registered in the UK, taxes paid, supplied with a V5 and comes with the number plate EA51 RUF.


Summary specification:-


Ruf turbocharged engine 550 hp

Ruf 6-speed manual transmission

Four-wheel-drive model

Ruf integrated roll cage (IRC) covered in black alcantara

Ruf front bumper

Ruf rear spoiler

Ruf side mirrors

Ruf air intakes

Ruf dome strut front

Ruf adjustable suspension

Ruf 6-piston brake system

Ruf modular 18” wheels

Ruf door sills

6-point seat belts

Air conditioning

Rear seats deleted

Ruf steering wheel, gear knob, pedals, mats, seats, instruments

Left hand drive

Classic Blossom Yellow with Black leather interior

Mileage 49,000 kms (30,500 miles)

A truly collectable, early water-cooled classic RUF combining outstanding looks with ballistic performance this RUF RTurbo is easily a match for any modern day supercar.

On sale at £160,000.

For further details of this very rare RUF RTurbo please email us at info@rufautomobile.co.uk or telephone 01892 506911.