Car pictures of the week
In this week’s set of car pictures from issue 285, we follow Jethro Bovingdon as he puts the wild Ruf RTurbo through its paces
Ruf is renowned for producing machines with dramatic headline figures, but two decades since it rolled off the production line, we’ve put the firm’s RTurbo to the test to find out just how much of its edge remains. To read the story in full, pick up your copy of issue 285 out now in shops and available online via Mags Direct.
Based on the 996-generation 911, the RTurbo features the same 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six and (optionally) bodywork as the Turbo, but similarities don’t go much further. Upgraded KKK turbochargers, modified VarioCam engine mounts, the rear differential from the GT2 and a host of other upgrades make it a different beast entirely.
The 2002 example we have here is finished in Ruf’s trademark Blossom Yellow paintwork, features the more understated Carrera bodywork and, following a 2007 overhaul, both all-wheel drive and a power boost to 542bhp. 3.8sec is all it takes to go from standstill to 62mph, but more impressive is its 217.5mph quoted top speed. Though advancements in tyre technology and traction control systems have dropped acceleration times, that top speed is something that many supercars can’t match even today.
A visit to vast, exotic open roads was off the cards for our drive thanks to the global pandemic, and so cold, damp, dirty roads of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire were the location for our test.
Given the complete lack of traction control, the fitment of all-wheel drive is awfully handy for such conditions and made the RTurbo feel blisteringly fast even all these years on. The real question though, is how does it feel in a world of fire-breathing McLaren 765LTs and 1000bhp hybrid-assisted Ferraris?
Read Jethro Bovingdon’s full story by picking up your copy of issue 285, available in store or online now. To make sure you don’t miss the next issue, subscribe now to have the exclusive subscriber’s edition sent straight to your door before it hits the shops.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.