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Discussion in 'Other German Cars' started by KiwiRob, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. KiwiRob

    KiwiRob Active Member

    I'm surprised nobody has picked this show surprise and to me the star of the show, a new RUF CTR, now it looks like an 80's era 911 but it's all RUF.


    Alois Ruf has made quite the name for himself building fire-breathing Porsche-based tuner machines. In 1987, his RUF CTR "Yellow Bird" stomped the supercar competition in a Road & Track top speed shootout—the 470-hp twin-turbo freak, based on a then-current Porsche 911, hit 211 mph at the hands of Le Mans legend Paul Frere.

    Today at the Geneva Motor Show, RUF introduced to the world a fitting tribute to the Yellow Bird: The 2017 RUF CTR, a brand-new, rear-engine speed freak that, for the first time in RUF history, is built on a completely bespoke chassis rather than a production Porsche platform—even though the styling is straight out of Porsche's history book.


    The first car engineered from the ground up by RUF is a faithful tribute to the original CTR. The rear-engine, rear-drive beast is powered by a twin-turbo dry sump water-cooled 3.6-liter flat-six engine cranking out 700 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a six-speed manual, and it's only available in rear-wheel drive, just like Yellow Bird. RUF claims a 0-62 mph sprint of just 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 225.


    The unique carbon fiber monocoque chassis features lightweight steel crash structures and an integrated steel roll cage, adding up to a dry weight of just 2640 lbs. The RUF-designed pushrod suspension system and 245-width front / 305-width rear tires on sensible 19-inch wheels ensure the newest CTR will stay planted in those high-speed sweepers.

    As for that carbon fiber body, it's a very clear tribute to the 930-generation Porsche 911 Turbo that the late-1980s Yellow Bird was based on. If it were up to us to guess, we'd say the new 2017 RUF CTR shares body panels with the resto-modded vintage 911s RUF showed at the Geneva Motor Show last year—meaning they're all-new carbon-fiber units, but shaped to closely mimic the original. A sparse, purposeful two-seat interior nods back to the early days of RUF with round-face analog gauges and a three-spoke racing-style steering wheel.
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    • martinbo

      martinbo Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

      Ooof... Initially, I was like "yay" but this quickly changed to "nay". The rear is terrible and the panel gaps and alignment at the front are a laugh. Nostalgic and sentimental it may be but give me a Singer any day.
    • KiwiRob

      KiwiRob Active Member

      RUF also has the restomod crowd covered.


      Right now, Singer is the talk of the town when it comes to gorgeous resto-modded Porsches. The cars reimagined by the company are like the ultimate evolution of a classic 911 ST. It's not the only restoration shop around, though, because RUF has tuned Porsches since the mid-1970s. The German company brought a handful of heavily modified 911s to the Geneva Motor Show that could only be described as stunning.

      In 1987, RUF brought its CTR Yellowbird to an ultimate top speed shootout undertaken by this very publication and wiped the floor. The Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 959, Lamborghini Countach and others were forced to bow down before the mighty Yellowbird, which used its 469-hp turbo flat-six to reach a top speed of 211 mph. The Yellowbird put RUF on the map.

      Three of the cars it brought to the Geneva Motor Show–one based on a 964 chassis, one based on a 993 Twin Turbo and another riding on RUF's own seven-millimeter longer chassis–are very much in the spirit of the Yellowbird, but with the advantage of modern technology. RUF rebuilds and refines nearly every element of a classic 911 to create something that inspires unparalleled lust.


      Sitting pretty in a lovely color RUF calls Blood Orange is its new SCR 4.2, which made its debut at the Geneva show. It looks more or less like a late '80s 911 Carrera, but it rides on its own, RUF-designed platform that's seven millimeters longer than stock. The car RUF brought to the show is a prototype, but the final version will have a carbon fiber body shell that weighs only 24 lb.


      The SCR 4.2 has a curb weight of just 2646 lb with a roll cage thanks to its carbon body shell as well as its carbon hood, front fenders, door panels and engine lid. A car this light doesn't really need huge power, but RUF gave it huge power anyway. A naturally aspirated, 4.2-liter water-cooled flat-six makes 525 hp with a screaming 8500-rpm redline and power is sent to a 6-speed manual transmission.

      RUF doesn't have acceleration figures, but it claims top speed will be 200 mph.


      Like Singer, RUF specializes in nailing subtle styling details. For example, the rain gutters typically found on a 911's roof have been removed in this car. The seats are carbon-backed buckets, but the wild black and white pattern is a reference to seats Porsche offered in the 911SC.

      The SCR 4.2 is yours for $527,664, plus options, of course. Somehow, this car isn't the craziest of RUF's resto-mods: For a crazier car, you'll need a turbo or two.

      The Ultimate rides on the same wheelbase as a 964, though its a dramatic departure. Like the orange car, the Ultimate uses RUF's carbon fiber body, so weight is nearly identical to the SCR 4.2, at 2679 lb. That's impressive because the Ultimate uses a 3.6-liter twin-turbo air-cooled flat-six engine that makes 590-hp. It doesn't rev quite as high as the naturally aspirated unit in the SCR, but with 590-hp, it's doubtful you'd care.

      One of RUF's salespeople told me that the company's philosophy is to "re-engineer everything, but stay understated." Wearing a gorgeous coat of Mexico Blue paint, people will notice this car, but hardly anyone will guess it has that much power hung over the rear axle. To most, it just looks like a classic 911, but serious car geeks know its something truly special.
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      • KiwiRob

        KiwiRob Active Member

        The interior isn't too shabby either, lot of alcantara, love the seats and the check pattern on them, I find the simplicity appealing.

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        • KiwiRob

          KiwiRob Active Member

          Original CTR Yellowbird


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          • picsoubmw

            picsoubmw Well-Known Member

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            • tristatez28lt1

              tristatez28lt1 Well-Known Member

              To me this was the pick of the show. In all honesty. The one car I would have wanted the most.
            • Giannis

              Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

              That's quite interesting! I missed it initially...

              Out of all, I'd prefer an 'original' Singer 911 and I'd be the happiest man on earth!
            • Leo Parker

              Leo Parker New Member

              Wow, just wow. RUF are incredible performance cars. I love it. It's ultimate analog car. Perfect combination of purity and power. The car looks so gorgeous as the previous bird.

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