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Porsche RUF BTR

Porsche RUF BTR

Coupé, 1989


  • Extremely rare RUF BTR & certified by RUF!
  • 3.8L BTR engine with 425 hp
  • Two previous owners and only 2,900 km mileage

The RUF BTR offered here was ordered in 1989 by its first owner, a well-known Porsche collector, as a Carrera 4. Immediately after delivery of the car, the owner commissioned the RUF company to convert it into a BTR. A certificate for this is available. In the years that followed, the BTR remained in the possession of the first owner in his private collection and was only used extremely rarely, with the exception of regular movement trips. Our company made the purchase in 2021. In this context, the car received extensive customer service from RUF. The BTR shown here is both a significant piece of RUF history and a viable high-performance sports car designed and built for high-speed fun. With a mileage of just 2,900 kilometers ex works, this example is certainly unique on the market. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any detailed questions you may have at any time. Please note that vehicle inspections are generally only possible by prior appointment.

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The vehicle in detail

The race to build the first production car with a top speed of 200 miles per hour turned into a real spectacle in the 1980s. In 1987 Ferrari claimed that the F40 was the first to break the sound barrier at 201 mph (= 323.4 km/h). Until that same year, a small German manufacturer called RUF improved the record to 209 mph or 336 km/h as part of the speed shoot-out organized by the American magazine “Road & Track”. Set up with the "Yellowbird" on the 8.65-kilometer straight of the VW test track in Ehra-Lessien. Thanks to this record and the later advertising video “Fascination at the Nürburgring” with RUF test driver and “auto motor und sport” editor Stefan Roser at the wheel, the Yellowbird RUF catapulted the consciousness of an international audience.

But the origins of the RUF myth go back a few more years. Although he had only just made his way to becoming an independent manufacturer, Alois Ruf was invited to R&T's first “World's Fastest Car Test” as early as 1984. And he also competed in Ehra on these pages with a dark blue RUF BTR (Group B Turbo RUF). The chassis number 1 car was driven by Phil Hill and Paul Frère and had a verified top speed of 186.2 mph (299.6 km/h). Frère even managed 189 mph (304.1 km/h) by folding back both door mirrors, beating a Ferrari BBi, a Lamborghini Countach and even a Porsche 911 Turbo and a 928 S. The BTR was built for dominance on German autobahns and "Road & Track" voted it the fastest production car in the world on the day. In contrast to the contemporary 930 Turbo, RUF opted for the narrow standard body of the 911 when building its ultimate road car – the "Wide Body" option would have reduced the top speed by at least 15 km/h. However, the BTR received the 930 rear spoiler in the form of a whale tail fin and an external oil cooler and two brake cooling ducts were hidden behind the low front apron. The super-wide 17-inch wheels from RUF filled the wheel arches perfectly and RUF only used Porsche's own 930 brake calipers at the front, while their own reinforced calipers did their job on the rear axle. The body has an integrated roll cage.

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Year of construction: 1989
Model: RUF BTR
Body: Coupé
Series: RUF
Mileage: 2900 km
Power: 425 HP
Cylinder capacity: 3,8 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Four-wheel drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Grey
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Grau Metallic
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes
Number of vehicle owners: 2
Car location: DEGermany

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