Like we mentioned earlier this week, German tuner RUF generally arrives at major car shows in Europe with at least one vintage Porsche in tow. This year, RUF displayed an early 911 Targa that we showcased on Tuesday and a RCT, an acronym that stands for RUF Carrera Turbo.
To an untrained eye, the RUF RCT looks like an older 911 with big wheels and an even bigger spoiler out back. However, the coupe has been upgraded with a tuned 3.6-liter air-cooled flat-six engine that generates 419 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 420 lb-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm thanks in part to a beefy turbocharger. All that power is channeled to the exceptionally wide rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, allowing the the RCT to hit a top speed of nearly 200 mph (320 km/h).
The RCT’s power is kept in check by upgraded brakes on all four corners and a tweaked suspension system that is both stiffer and lower than stock. With over 400 ponies under the deck lid, it’s easy to understand why the RCT needs the downforce created by the large rear wing.
The CTR Yellow Bird is one of the best-known RUF models out there. Think of the RCT as the CTR’s more obscure and under-appreciated little brother.
Note: The specs above were provided to us by RUF and they apply to the car on display.