Lee Sibley By Lee Sibley 3 months ago

2023 RUF Tribute revealed

Celebrating 60 years of the Porsche 911, RUF's latest study features a high-powered flat six cooled by air

A love letter to air-cooling: RUF Automobile presents the Tribute, in celebration of 60 years of Porsche’s 911.

Based on the modular platform that has given us the CTR Anniversary & SCR in recent years (complete with carbon monocoque, double wishbone suspension and RUF integrated roll cage), the Tribute is powered by an all new engine designed by Alois Ruf, which is cooled by air.


The 3.6-litre, twin-turbo engine produces 550hp, delivered with what the company describes as “a new air-cooled soul and charm”. 

Its spec includes billet aluminium cylinder heads; four-cam, three-valve technology (for the first time in and air-cooled car), with variable valve timing and lift. The engine is dry sumped, derived from the famous system used in Porsche’s original 911. 

The Tribute's 550hp is delivered at 6,750rpm, with 750Nm peak torque arriving at 4,500rpm.

Revealed alongside its new CTR3 Evo and R Spyder at The Quail, Pfaffenhausen has described the Tribute as a study, so there’s no word yet on production figures or costs. However, we love the fact RUF is daring to be different and producing cutting-edge engines, still cooled in the most traditional way. Bravo.