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RUF 3400 K Cayman S

Neural Blog Porsche, August 2007

RUF 3400 K Cayman S

RUF 3400 K Cayman S

RUF 3400 K Cayman

RUF 3400 K

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A special edition RUF 3400 K Cayman S that is available. Ruf can upgrade the RUF 3400 K brakes. The suspension on the RUF 3400 K has been tweaked

RUF 3400 K Cayman S

Ruf is celebrating twenty-five years with a special edition RUF 3400 K Cayman S that is available in both coupe and convertible form. The 3.4-liter flat-6 is combined with a supercharger to produce 400 horsepower and 325 lb-ft torque. Sixty mph arrives in 4.3 seconds an

The agile mid engine concept in combination with a powerful torque and high revving Kompressor engine offers effortless performance and driving pleasure at the highest level.

RUF 3400 K Cayman S - Technical Specifications

- Power 294 kW (400 bhp) at 7,000 rpm
- max. Torque 440 Nm at 5,500 rpm
- Displacement 3,387 cm³
- Compression ratio 10.0 : 1
- Performance 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.4 s;
-- Coupé: 0-125 mph (0-200 km/h) - in 14.6 s
-- Roadster: 0-125 mph (0-200 km/h) in 14.8 s
- Top speed 181 mph (290 kph)

RUF 3400 K Cayman S - More information

The 25th Anniversary Edition Ruf 3400K marks a new direction for Ruf, a move to the lower end of the market with a car that costs just €75,000 for the Cayman based creation. And this is a major step for Ruf, which specialises in spectacular machines that come with telephone number price tags.

A crack on the Playstation, with the Ruf RTurbo surfacing in the Gran Turismo games, was about as close as most of us would ever get to owning one before now. But the Porsche Cayman has provided an opportunity to embrace the masses, a chance to go downtown, and Ruf has grabbed it with both hands. There's an even cheaper Porsche Boxster-based Roadster, too, but the hard-top with its extra rigidity, more manly approach and better handling has to be the one to go for.

But please don't be confused and think this is simply a Porsche Cayman with a few add-ons, it's a full RUF 3400 K with registration documents to prove it. Ruf is fiercely proud of its manufacturer status and is keen to separate itself from the hoi-polloi of tuners. Its seemingly unique skill in keeping the RUF 3400 K comfortable, just as pliant as the original and yet finding acres of pace have marked it apart just as effectively as any certificate from the German authorities ever could, however.

And we were all keen to see what Ruf could do with the Porsche Cayman, which is, fundamentally, a better sports car than the Porsche 911. The fact that it was artificially held back to avoid problems with the marketing department meant it was easy meat for the likes of Alois Ruf, who only really had to boost the ponies to make a stunning RUF 3400 K that would make mincemeat of more or less everything. A well driven Porsche Cayman can keep with a Porsche 911 right now on winding roads, and with the addition of a low-pressure supercharger this car can now hang with a Porsche 911 Turbo in a straight line thanks to 400 bustling horses hidden away in the mid-mounted engine.

At least that's what Ruf says, but I would humbly suggest that they, like Porsche, have opted for a conservative approach. There are more than 400 horses in this RUF 3400 K, and it feels significantly faster than the claimed figures of 4.4s to 60mph and 14.8s to 125mph. We didn't get chance to really go for the 181mph top end speed, but had it kept going all the way to 190mph I would not have been unduly surprised.

There's a gruffer exhaust note than the standard Porsche Cayman, but only a connoisseur would tell them apart and there's none of the latent aggression that some tuners would automatically dial into their cars.

A new flat floor joins forces with a revised front bumper and rear set-up that not only improves cooling, it also looks the part, which is a massive change in itself. The Porsche Cayman was a cute car, but the front bumper was hideous with straight cut plastic, little light surrounds and a generally pretty poor approach to design that came from the bargain bucket.

Ruf went for a Porsche Carrera inspired front end with more stylish lights and a huge air duct to feed the supercharger. It's a small thing, but it's transformed the whole look of the RUF 3400 K and given it a meatier feel that will leave the car in front sweating on what is flying up behind.

Inside the changes were limited to a new wheel, a logo on the gearstick and pedals, interior jewellery costs big money and that's not the point here.

The suspension on the RUF 3400 K has been tweaked, but for those that want more there's a fully adjustable kit that weighs in at just €3600 and drops the car 35mm lower than the standard Porsche Cayman. Price was the primary concern with this car, but that extra few thousand, the price of SatNav or metallic paint, would give it more grip than gravity.

Ruf can upgrade the RUF 3400 K brakes, too, to a whopping 350mm on the front mated to six-piston calipers, but again to keep the costs down they've simply painted the monobloc four-piston units that come on the base car. And you know what? They work absolutely perfectly, as this 1350kg car simply isn't heavy enough to require the huge racing numbers or the ridiculously overpriced PCCB ceramic upgrade offered by Porsche.

You can hit the options list on the RUF 3400 K hard and come away with a warrior with everything from tyre-pressure monitors to Porsche GT3 seats, a fire extinguisher and a borderline racing car dressed as a Porsche. For road use, though, this is all the car you could ever want and one of the most naturally balanced cars in the motoring world.

Even in the upper echelons of the Porsche tweaking world, Ruf has always held a special place. Here, though, their achievement lies not with creating the perfect RUF 3400 K car, but by how much they have achieved with so little. If this is a sign of things to come then the next 25 years are going to be something truly special, and we'll remember Ruf's 25th birthday for many years to come.



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