Calm Down, The Production RUF SCR Is Now Ready
Safe to say RUF’s new Rodeo Concept hasn’t gone down particularly well with the Petrolicious audience (man, you guys really hated those leather bull bars…), so we’re hoping news that the RUF SCR is now available in production-ready form will warm your hearts.
First presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the SCR concept was RUF’s “characterful answer to the desire for a pure, undiluted driving pleasure in a world without compromises”. It also celebrated 40 years since the debut of the original, Porsche 911 SC-derived SCR that debuted back in 1978. Fittingly, both the concept and the production-ready SCR use the same green paintwork as the ’78 original.
It’s all change beneath both that and the Porsche-inspired bodywork though. Like the Rodeo – sorry, sorry… – the SCR sits atop a RUF-developed, carbon fibre chassis complete with lightweight steel front and rear sub frames. Rigid enough in an of itself, the roll cage is almost mounted directly to the monocoque, and mounted to that is sport-orientated, double wishbone suspension at both the front and rear.
At the back sits a natural aspirated, 4-litre flat-six, essentially the same unit that powers the also production ready-CTR, minus twin turbochargers. And speaking of power, said 4,000cc unit produces an impressive 510hp, 293hp more than the uprated 217hp produced by the 3.2-litre example in the original ’78 SCR. Combined with 470Nm (347lb ft) of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and a kerb weight of 1,250kg, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of 408hp/ton, more even than a rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracán. It’s also enough to boot the new SCR to a top speed of 320kph.
But it’s not all about performance. Look past that ducktail rear spoiler – I know, it’s hard, but try – and you’ll notice a third brake light integrated into the roofline, a design dubbed ‘Spaghettini’ by Estonia and Alois Ruf Jr. Upholstery options for the cabin include full leather and Alcantara, while the two bucket seats have been fully moulded in carbon fibre. Peer into the footwell and you’ll see three RUF-bespoke Titanium pedals.
Prices for the production-ready RUF SCR have yet to be announced, though speculations suggests customers could be looking at a price tag around the $800K mark.
No leather bull bars though. Shame.
*Images courtesy of RUF Automobiles. We’d also like to thank Laura Kukuk for her shots from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the story of which you can read in full HERE.