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Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Ruf BTR

From a poorly represented backyard creation of a tuned E28 BMW we’re heading for probably the most respected and coveted tuner in the world. Ruf cars are legendary and have been since new – grabbing headlines and turning heads wherever they go. By the 1990s, though, Ruf had some serious competition from within Porsche itself. Porsche not only had the monstrous 400 horsepower, all-wheel drive spiritual successor to the 959 in the Turbo, but it also had a stripped and widened GT2 model homologated for racing. Adding power was good, but Ruf really needed to set itself apart. The result was the wild CTR, probably the most famous of which I wrote up about a year ago. But behind the big splashing headlines of the power figures of the CTR was the successor to the Yellowbird – the BTR:


Year: 1995
Model: BTR
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,077 mi
Price: $129,000 Buy It Now

1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR

1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR!

Dallas Motorsports is pleased to present this *RARE* 1995 Porsche 993 RUF BTR Conversion!

This RUF BTR began life as a Sun-Roof Delete 993 Carrera 2 and was converted in Late 1995. Also note, this RUF BTR was a press car for RUF featured in the May of 1997 issue.

The centerpiece of the RUF BTR is a single-turbo engine conversion kit for the 3.6 Liter Flat-Six. This kit also includes: RUF Intercooler, RUF Camshafts, RUF Built Transmission, a free-flowing RUF exhaust system, higher-flowing Fuel Injectors, a new engine wiring harness, and a RUF/Bosch Montronic Engine Control System. A Turbo S tail has also been added to house the intercooler. Machined factory Mahle pistons reduce the 3.6 Liter’s compression from 11:3:1 to 8:4:1, which helps to prevent any type of meltdown from the single KKK Turbo’s 11.6 psi of boost. A long with the engine, RUF also installed a suspension kit that includes springs and Boge shocks, which lower the body about 30 mm. A solid aluminum-billet front shock tower brace, and anti-roll bars twice as stiff as the stock ones have also been installed.

Other RUF upgrades include: RUF Pedal Set, RUF Shift Knob, RUF Floor Mats, RUF Steering Wheel, RUF Door Sills, and a Roll Cage wrapped in leather. Lastly, the BTR is fitted with RUF 18″ Wheels.

This RUF BTR features 420 HP & 420 lbs/ft TQ to go along with a blistering 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and an overall top speed of 185mph! Acceleration is better than a 993 Turbo and the driving experience is closer to a GT2 because of the lighter weight and rear wheel drive.

If you are looking to own a RARE AIR-COOLED gem such as this 993 RUF BTR, look no further!!

Call/Text/Email Spencer Heitman 214-773-0588 for more information or to make an appointment.

The trail on this car seems to be well documented; aside from the Car and Driver article which I can’t seem to find, the car also wen through the hands of Ruf Autocenter a few years ago, who seem to acknowledge the C&D article. The conversion and condition of the car seem to be top notch and though Rufs are rare in general, a last generation 993 BTR converted model with significant history seems to be extra special. While not the wildest colored Ruf we’ve seen, I think the Arctic Silver with black leather and those awesome Speedline wheels looks just about perfect. There are just enough details to set is apart from the normal Carrera 2, but not so many that it really stands out. I really like the Turbo S rear spoiler with the discrete air intakes, the subtle chin spoiler and the 924 Turbo-esque air intakes in the light panel. It’s a bit of a sleeper, all in all. Pricing is considerably higher than when RAC sold the car; the asking price is 50% higher than only a few years ago. But miles are low, condition is still impeccable, the history is known and the 993 market is red hot. This certainly looks like a special Ruf amongst an already special breed!



  1. MDriver
    MDriver November 25, 2014

    given the prices of P-Cars these days from long hoods to 964 Turbo’s and 993’s…
    a RUF vin# car with such low miles is a steal

  2. Nick
    Nick November 25, 2014

    agree, that shouldnt last long

  3. 4RingTurbo
    4RingTurbo November 25, 2014

    Man, where can I lay my hands on a set of those wheels? Awesome.

  4. Ry
    Ry November 25, 2014

    No kidding – Ruf sure does get the esthetics (and then some)!

  5. TM
    TM November 25, 2014

    MDriver, that car is not a Ruf VIN number car- it is a conversion.

  6. Ry
    Ry November 25, 2014

    Yes it would be nice to have paperwork/invoices from conversion. Wouldn’t that be something you’d keep on your car for its records?

  7. TTdriver
    TTdriver November 26, 2014

    Paint match on the RR quarter panel looks a bit off, as does the LF. Silver is tough to match, perhaps it spun and scraped up both corners?

  8. MDriver
    MDriver November 26, 2014

    @TM…just noticed that….thanks…the conversion was done by the original RUF dealer/service guys in Texas correct???…this isn’t a bunch of RUF bits purchased on put on by some aftermarket garage…
    so it should still add value…

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