Ruf’s Turbo R Limited could be the ultimate refinement of Porsche’s 993 – Robb Report

There will be no end to arguments among people who love Porsche 911s when it comes to declaring which lineage cars are the best. The first 911 rolled out of the Zuffenhausen factory in 1965, and 911s continue to do so today, totally different from the original but in the same spirit that made the model the most beloved sports car in the world. ‘story.

Every series has its fans, from the elementary Carrera RS of 1973 to the GT3 of 2022. In terms of development, things stayed pretty much on track until 1989, when the 911 became the 964. That The car looked like its ancestors but was 80% new under the skin, although only the slick bumpers and uninspired new wheels visually set it apart from its predecessors.

The 1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited that will cross the block at Amelia Island via Gooding & Company.

Photo by Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

The 993 series, introduced for the 1995 model year and produced until 1998, represented a further step forward, with a much improved engine, gearbox and rear suspension. Seasoned Porsche designer Harm Lagaay redesigned and updated the body, a well-deserved tribute to the man who wrote the first script on the side of the Carrera RS in 1973.

The big dividing line between the old and the new, however, was drawn by the water-cooled 996 series which hit the market in 1999 and caused great consternation among loyal Porsche enthusiasts who have come to the fore. strictly refrain from water from the engine. While its sophistication and performance eclipsed that of air-cooled cars, the 996 did not match the 993 series in terms of seduction. What many die-hards consider a “real” 911 by comparison, the 993 is generally considered the most rewarding to drive of them all.

The interior of a 1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited.

The seat inserts are presented in the traditional Porsche Pepita fabric.

Photo by Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

The history of Ruf Automobile is familiar to most 911 aficionados, and any 911 with a Ruf badge – not to mention the VIN – is one of the most desirable Porsches for connoisseurs. Ruf cemented its reputation with the CTR Yellowbird, launched in 1987. It was considered the fastest production car in the world at the time, with an unofficial top speed of 215 mph. And Ruf has kept pace with the progress of the Porsche 911 model, developing 993 variants like this rare 1998 Turbo R Limited that we present here. The example will be offered by Gooding & Company at the next Amelia Island 2022 auction, which will take place on Friday, March 4.

One of seven examples built, this Turbo R Limited represents the last air-cooled model produced by Ruf, and could be the ultimate refinement of Porsche’s 993 series. The unit was built in 2016 using the remaining 1998 chassis that Ruf had set aside after production of the original Turbo R. Bearing a Ruf VIN from the 1998 model year, the car is titled Ruf 1998 – not Porsche – despite its completion in 2016. Ruf is indeed its own builder, as evidenced by a VIN beginning with “W09”, unlike many Porsches modified by Ruf who wear Porsche VINs.

The interior of a 1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited.

Despite the many cockpit weight reduction features, it includes a custom Ruf audio system.

Photo by Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

The vehicle design is based on the 993 generation Porsche 911 Turbo, with extreme performance, fit and finish. The flat-six twin-turbo powertrain develops 625 hp, with carbon-ceramic brakes to complement the engine’s prodigious power. The lightweight interior features black leather-trimmed carbon fiber sport bucket seats with Porsche’s traditional and retro seat inserts in Pepita fabric (don’t call it houndstooth).

The 625bhp twin-turbo flat-six engine inside a 1998 Ruf Turbo R Limited.

The car’s air-cooled twin-turbo flat-six engine produces 625 hp.

Photo by Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

A custom Ruf audio system is also installed, although this raises the question of why anyone would want to hear anything other than the engine. Above all, this car makes an indelible impression with its color and is the only Ruf Turbo R Limited painted in the rare Porsche factory color known as Riviera Blue. More intense and saturated than Gulf Blue, and not as deep as Mexico Blue, this is a perfect automotive fashion statement for the era. In pristine condition and with only around 1,250 miles new, this Ruf rarity has an estimated value of between $ 1.4 million and $ 1.8 million.

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