Leave it to RUF to combine a gentleman’s philosophy with high-tech performance.
Hillclimb is one of the most intense and respected forms of motorsport, where cars and drivers combine the ultimate ability in speed, precision, and power to take on some of the most challenging driving courses the world has to offer. Many iconic cars have made their name at hillclimbs, and a brand that has many cars made famous by the hillclimb is Porsche, with its 906, 909 Bergspyder, and the 718 RS 60 Spyder, and the legacy of those cars inspired a new creation from famed Porsche tuner RUF, the new Bergmeister, an all-carbon “skinned roadster” with a rear-mounted 3.6-liter turbocharged flat-six engine with 450 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque. It’s got classic looks and fearsomely modern performance and combines its retro-inspired roofless design with a racing-inspired interior that can only be described as an ocean of black Alcantara.
At The Quail, RUF debuted the Bergmeister, alongside for the first time in North America, RUF’s SCR prototype. The SCR features more classic looks but is done with a carbon-fiber monocoque. In the SCR, its 4.0-liter flat-6 engine is naturally aspirated and generates 510 horsepower and 346 lb/ft of torque, and that power is controlled by the driver with the help of a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both of these incredible cars brought classic RUF and racing heritage as well as contemporary innovation to The Quail, which is exactly what makes Monterey Car Week such an awesome time of the year.