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RUF BTR 1986.jpg
Production 1983-1993
Class Sports Luxury
Body Style Coupe
Length 4290 mm
Width 1651 mm
Height 1320 mm
Wheelbase 2272 mm
Weight Variable due to specification.
Transmission 5-speed Manual
Engine 3.4 litre flat six
Power 374 BHP
Similar Gemballa Avalanche
Buchmann 911/30/28 Targa
Audi Quattro
Designer Alois Ruf

After gaining TuV type approval from the German government to sell its cars under the RUF name, the small Pfaffenhausen concern soon released their first model - the 1983 BTR.

The First Model

RUF had steadily built a strong impression within the automotive world, for its impressive upgrades upon Porsche 911s. The Abbreveation BTR stands for: Group B, Turbo, RUF. The BTR was set to keep up the brand's appearances, with an improvement program focussing on the engine, chassis, bodywork and interior. The BTR could be built from scratch by RUF, from a bare un-marked shell from Porsche, or the existing car of the customer could be modified. This opened up a large market for RUF, and gave buyers a lot of flexibility when creating their RUF.

Under The Skin

In 1977, Porsche had unveiled the 930, which had taken the performance car world by storm with its awesome forced-induction powerplant. RUF chose the 930 as inspiration, and took the turbocharged 3.3 litre flat-six and bored it out to 3.4 litres. With the harnessing of larger pistons and bigger turbochargers, power was ramped up to 375 BHP. The turbo pressure was increased from 0.6 to 0.9 bar and was steplessly variable. The power output was known to fluctuate to conform to individual customers' specification. The RUF touch spread to the brakes, which were increased in size, the suspension, which was stiffened and lowered (but this again depended upon customer specification) and the exhaust system. The upgrades utilised lighter, stronger, and in some cases, much more expensive materials than the standard 930.
In 1987 RUF offered a further stage of the BTR engine: BTR III with Motronic. The BTR III with Motronic had an increased power of 408BHP(300KW). Furthermore in that year a six-speed-gear was introduced for the BTR (as well as for the CTR). Therefore the top speed was also increased to approximately 330km/h(205 mph). With introduction of the CTR the Group C-Brake system (coming from the Porsche 962) was also available on the BTR.

The Exterior

Many RUF BTRs were given the RUF treatment to the outside - which was a bodykit which had been in development over RUF's previous Porsche models, along with the appearance of the famous, single-piece forged alloy wheels. The bodywork involved deeper bumpers front and rear, and thicker-set side skirts. The car was available in either 'Turbo Body' - with the flared wheel arches of the 930 - or 'Narrow Body', with the standard 911 wings. The Narrow Body specification was preferred by RUF, due to the aerodynamic benefits - the coefficient of drag was appreciably lower than the Turbo Body. The bodywork was finished in any colour specified by the customer, and topped off by the obligatory Tea-Tray spoiler.

The modifications were not limited to the exterior, though. Internally, RUF placed a smattering of branded items, and could change the trimmings to order.

The number of BTRs produced by RUF is unknown, due to loss of factory records, but the estimate places the number at close to 100 (both RUF VIN and Porsche VIN) over the 10-year lifespan of the model. The original BTR with RUF-VIN has become a much sought-after collector's car.

RUF Automobile GmbH

RGT | Dakara | Rt12 | RK Spyder and Coupe | r Kompressor | CTR-3 | 3400K | Stormster grün | RGT-8

1980s: BTR - 1983-1993 | CTR - 1987-1993
1990s: BTR - 1993-1997 | CTR-2 - 1993-1997 | rTurbo - 1998-2001
2000s: 3400S 2000-2004 | RGT - 2000-2004 | rTurbo 2001-2003

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