Video: Ruf RGT-8 flat crank V8 prototype screaming

Possibly the best-sounding V8 we’ve heard in a long time, and certainly the best-sounding V8 Porsche 911. Meet the Ruf RGT-8 prototype, as previewed in this video.

Ruf Automobile is responsible for some very special, and perhaps the most thorough examples of Porsche 911 tuning. The company is a manufacturer in its own right, so it doesn’t only fix up customer cars, although it can, it has a showroom of production cars too.

One of the latest of which that will join the lineup in the near future is the Ruf RGT-8. It features a 4.5-litre V8 engine developing 404kW of power at a screaming 8500rpm, and 500Nm available at 5400rpm.

The engine features a 180° flat-plane crank, which helps to allow for a 9000rpm redline. The engine also features dry-sump lubrication, twin throttle bodies and an interesting no-belt air-conditioning pump that is driven directly from the engine.

On the outside, the Ruf RGT-8 comes with bespoke bodywork crafted from inside Ruf, based on the Porsche 911. It comprises of a carbon fibre engine cover and rear spoiler, as well as lightweight aluminium panels.

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The wheels are 19 x 9 inches on the front, wrapped in 245/35 ZR 19 tyres, and 19 x 12 inches on the rear, wrapped in 325/30 ZR 19 tyres.

Click play on the video below for some stunning sounds as Ruf test driver Stefan Roser (the man behind the famously awesome Ruf Yellowbird Nurburgring videos) demonstrates the Ruf RGT-8’s capabilities.

Production of the Ruf RGT-8 will commence in 2012.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.