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by Brett Davis

Ruf Automobile – a German Porsche tuning specialist that not only tunes Porsches, but also rebuilds them into entirely new beasts – has revealed its latest creation which brings back the targa days of the Sixties and Seventies.

The Ruf Roaster features a targa body. This is sort of half way between a coupe and convertible. Basically it means there’s substantially more roll over protection in the case of an accident whilst still offering a convertible-like experience.

The targa platform was originally adopted as a way of providing a open-top sports car that still maintained considerable body rigidity so it could be entered into club races and so on. And it was first launched by Porsche back in 1965. Now, it’s back.

Ruf has fitted this new 997-body targa with a 295kW, 3.8-litre flat six engine, or, an optional turbocharged unit that outputs a much meatier 412kW of power. Ruf also provides a six-speed manual transmission or the option of a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch auto. There’s even the option of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

Either way you like it, it’s an exciting new take on an old design which uses a number of modern materials, a powerful high-tech engine and drivetrain as well as luxurious interior features. The main feature of course is the removable carbon fibre roof and polyglass rear window with a canvas rear surround though, all off which can be removed.

Ruf is offering the Ruf Roaster at prices starting from 195,000 Euros (AU$275,857).




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