RUF has been building insane 911s for decades. Long before Singer reimagined the 911, RUF was tinkering away with Stuttgart’s favorite sports car. Today they’ve unveiled the sequel to their greatest product the famed Yellow Bird. Known as the CTR, this 700 horsepower coupe is the ultimate tribute to the 911.
The new CTR is the first RUF not based on Porsche platform. Although they were recognized as a separate manufacturer, RUF’s cars were based on Porsche components and chassis. Today the CTR is based on the world’s first carbon fiber chassis for a rear-engined car. This unique chassis keeps the car light and rigid. With a curb weight of only 2640 lbs, RUF claims a 0-60 time of only 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 225 mph.
Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat-6, water-cooled Mezger engine producing an impressive 700 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. This huge power is sent through a 6-speed manual transmission to a pair of massive rear tires. Porsche fans will notice RUF still uses the legendary Porsche designed Mezger engine instead of building a bespoke unit. We’re not complaining either, the Mezger is one of the best engine ever made with huge power potential.
The CTR follows closely in the footsteps of their legendary Yellow Bird. This car built in 1987 shocked the supercar world. It’s twin turbo flat-6 produced 450 horsepower and had a top speed of 211 mph. When Road and Track tested the car against the fastest car in the world, the Yellow Bird destroyed them.
The CTR has some big shoes to fill. With a legendary predecessor like the Yellow Bird, RUF had their work cut out for them. Only 30 copies are planned for production worldwide so don’t expect to see one in the flesh. The sultan worrying starting price of $793,000 will keep the CTR out of most of our garages but we can dream.