Ruf Bergmeister's hillclimb-inspired speedster debuts at Quail

One of the coolest cars at Monterey Car Week comes from Germany. Ruf gives Quail attendees a Bergmeister open-top speedster.

The Bergmeister, also called Project RBS, is on display. The Ruf SCR, which looks like a classic 911, was first produced in 2020. Both cars' first American outing.

The Ruf Bergmeister is inspired by Porsche's old hillclimb cars, the 906, 909 Bergspyder, and 718 RS 60 Spyder. The 1971 Adamowicz TransAm 911 and 1997 GT1 Evo also inspired the company.

Bergmeister was styled by Tony Hatter, designer of the last air-cooled Porsche 911. The speedster has a carbon-fiber body.

It also has a new LED lighting system for Porsche 993 models. The entire cabin, including the tiller, is trimmed and upholstered in black Alcantara.

Behind the seats is a 3.6-liter air-cooled turbocharged flat-six engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Ruf designed and engineered the 450-horsepower, 442-pound-foot (599 Newton-meters) engine.

"We started building cars in 1974 for the thrill of the drive," said RUF Automobile GmbH owner Alois Ruf. "We're honored to be at The Quail and celebrate driving with friends. Bergmeister embodies the essence of driving, while SCR showcases our latest technology."