Ruf presents the Bergmeister, a Spartan speedster designed by the designer of the Porsche 911 type 993, whose main features are found. Its air-cooled flat-six is turbocharged and develops more than 450 hp.
The 1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder is the lightest car in the manufacturer’s history. Designed for hill climbing, it weighed just 384 kg and pulled 275 hp from its mid-rear 2.0 flat-eight engine. Long forgotten, it was talked about again in 2019 when Porsche revealed to the public the Boxster Bergspyder concept produced in 2014 which paid homage to it. Today, it is the German preparer and manufacturer Ruf, whose vehicles are based on Porsches (physically or conceptually), which is inspired by the 909 to create a new car. This is called Bergmeister, literally « master of the mountain » in German.
A pace of 993
The Ruf Bergmeister is a speedster that seems visually designed from a Porsche 911 type 993. It’s normal: its chief designer is none other than Tony Hatter, « father » of the 993 among other models entered in the history of the Stuttgart manufacturer. The man was also inspired by the Porsche 906 and 718 hill climbers. On either side of the shell-shaped exterior mirrors is a shortened windshield, which has become a windscreen and devoid of pillars. On each side of the front bumper, there is a large square air intake for cooling the brakes, as well as two fins and a spoiler providing aerodynamic support.
The airflow has also been particularly worked on at the rear between the spoiler surmounting the tonneau cover, the engine air intakes on the rear fenders and the two spoilers placed above the lights. As for the rear bumper, what rear bumper? The car does without it in a desire to lighten up in line with the one that inspired it. The exhaust thus reveals its thermal bandages. The livery mixing white and green takes up the colors of the 909 Bergspyder. The body of the two-seater is entirely made of carbon fiber. Ruf does not reveal the weight of the vehicle.
A turbo speedster designed for piloting
Under the rear bonnet of the Bergmeister, Ruf installed an air-cooled 3.6 single-turbo flat-six developing 456 hp and 599 Nm of torque. This block is associated with a six-speed manual gearbox. The lever of this one is covered with black Alcantara, like the whole of the cabin up to the dashboard and the storm doors. Only the central part of the seats differs with its black and white houndstooth pattern.
Instrumentation is minimalist, with five traditional round dials facing the driver and a handful of buttons for essential accessories. Ruf announces a particularly responsive management and promises that » the search for the perfect driving experience has never been more visceral « . The firm has not yet revealed any details regarding the marketing of the Bergmeister.