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'The 550-HP RUF Tribute Is a Love Letter to Air-Cooled Porsches'

The Drive August 2023

In our 60-year love affair with the 911, we are bringing back one of the elements that shaped the heart and soul of this iconic masterpiece - the air-cooled motor. We are proud to introduce Alois Ruf’s new air-cooled engine, a testament to our brand’s heritage blended harmoniously with contemporary innovation.

This remarkable vehicle is a nostalgic journey back to our roots, embodying the spirit of classic air-cooled engines while infusing it with a touch of modernity, featuring four-cam technology with variable cam timing, variable valve lift and three- valve cylinder heads.


As part of the drivetrain, the RUF-designed air-cooled 3.6-liter twin-turbo engine is embedded in a carbon-fiber chassis, producing 550 horsepower at 6,750 RPM, bristling with the character only air cooling can provide. The engine’s construction is based on a six-cylinder horizontally opposed configuration with an aluminum block and cylin- der heads, ensuring a lightweight and robust design. The chassis uses our present modular system of double-wishbones at all four corners with horizontally-mounted dampers lifted from motorsport. Our proprietary Integrated Roll Cage stiffens its lightweight chassis.

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All the RUF essentials are combined: steering brimming with tactility, an engine that overwhelms the senses in all the best ways and an overall feeling of lightness, agility and strength. The rush of the air-cooled engine behind you adds something special to the modern RUF pantheon, taking the best of the motoring past and injecting the technology of the present to create a supercar that is unlike any other. At RUF, we believe in the importance of tradition, consistency and innovation, with the new air-cooled study pushing our boundaries in engineering and design. The air-cooled engine has always been near and dear to our hearts, and we are thrilled to be carrying the torch of this iconic layout into the modern motoring age.

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3.6-liter twin-turbo engine, output 405 kW (550 HP) at 6,750 RPM, maximum torque 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) at 4,500 RPM

Six-cylinder horizontally opposed Aluminum block and cylinder heads Air-cooled
Three valves per cylinder

Camshaft adjustment with valve timing and lift Hydraulic valve adjustment
Dry sump lubrication
Twin turbochargers and intercoolers

Bosch electronic engine management Fly-by-wire throttle

Cylinder-specific knock control

Two three-way catalytic converters with metal substrates with stereo lambda control circuits

Static high-voltage distribution with individual coils

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We are currently taking enquiries and interest for the RUF TRIBUTE

There is currently no official pricing for the model, with the price TBC. For more information on Availability, technical specs or to request a Brochure then please contact us or message us using the enquire button below.


OFFICE: 0044 (0) 1892 506 911
MARK: 0044 (0) 7894 501 457
RICHARD: 0044 (0) 7809 890 969

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