The RUF GT Takes the last 911 Carrera S Up to 515 Horsepower

Meet RUF's new entry-level model.

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RUF has been focused on getting its carbon-fiber CTR (pictured above in yellow) into production, but it hasn't lost sight of one of its other core businesses—building upon Porsche 911s. Alongside the first production CTR Anniversary at the Geneva Motor Show, RUF showed off what it's calling the GT, a new entry level for the brand.

The GT is, of course, based on the previous iteration of the Porsche 911 Carrera S, the 991.2, and it features a number of RUF touches. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six has been boosted up to 515 hp from 420 thanks to larger turbochargers and a new exhaust system. Chassis-wise, it's unchanged from a standard Carrera S, though it does get a set of center-lock 20-inch wheels in the signature RUF five-spoke design.

The look is pretty different, too, with a ducktail and carbon-fiber diffuser at the rear and a new front fascia. It’s subtle stuff, but it’s has the purposeful aggression RUF is known for.

On the front engine lid, the Porsche badge is gone, too, replaced by a RUF crest. That’s because it’s a real RUF—like all the brand’s cars, it gets its own RUF VIN, even though in this case, it’s based on a Porsche. RUF will sell you these parts for your 911, and if you want the GT as it sits in black here, it’ll cost around €240,000 ($270,000 USD). Not cheap, but a lot cheaper than a CTR at €750,000 ($841,000 USD).

You can also buy all these components a la carte for your 911, too. Estonia Ruf, the ever effusive wife of company boss Alois, told me offering this sort of car and these parts is still core to the company business even as it breaks into truly bespoke chassis design. And during a press conference, Alois said the GT is probably a better grocery-getter than a CTR.

A practical RUF. What a concept.

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