Ruf CTR 'Yellowbird' 2017 30th anniversary

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RUF has something special coming for the Geneva Motor Show – something the company claims is different from every car it's built before.
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At Geneva, RUF is hoping to reset a bit. The car it's teasing (no image at this time, unfortunately) will have a totally unique structure, an in-house carbon fiber monocoque chassis to be specific. That's a big departure for the company. The last time it tried something like that was in the early 2000s, with the semi-mythical R50 prototype. That didn't go anywhere, for reasons we aren't privy to. Apparently things have changed; perhaps manufacturing costs have come down (probably a factor), the market for low-volume supercars has gotten sweeter (definitely), and any engineering challenges that the R50 faced have been overcome (likely as well). Will it have a flat-six from its long-time friends in Stuttgart? No official word, but it's likelier than not.

RUF also claims it'll be a car inspired by the most famous RUF of all: the original CTR, better known as the Yellowbird. What that means remains to be seen ......
It's the most important part of RUF's legacy, and so tying the new car so closely to the Yellowbird is a smart play.
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I think we have to wait for the Geneva Motor Show before we can post something sensible about this entire new - not - Porsche - car.


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Well actually, they unveiled this to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original CTR:

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How is it different?

RUF made the chassis this time around, not use an existing Porsche chassis. It's composed entirely of carbon fiber.

3.6 liter twin turbo flat six with 710 horsepower (again, a RUF original, not Porsche's Mezger) sending to rear wheels only via a 6 speed manual.

Now, I want to see this drift at the Nordschleife. :D
 
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Unveiled at Geneva:

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(Photo from rufregistry Instagram)


It does look a bit different. For me, it doesn't give off a vibe of an air cooled Porsche 911. And no, no brave soul will attempt to don an RWB kit on this. It looks heavenly.

It's wider than both the SCR 4.2 and the Ultimate (which are basically resto-mod 964 base cars)
 
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More photos from RUF's FB page:

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The LED tail lights may divide opinion but the rear end is just... :drool:


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And the headlights have nothing in common with the aircooled 911s.

We get it, it's not Porsche based.


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So it's not a Porsche but still looks like one.

How long until the lawsuit is filed?
 
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So it's not a Porsche but still looks like one.

How long until the lawsuit is filed?

The highlight of the new CTR is the chassis is created ground-up by RUF, unlike their other offerings which are based from existing Porsches and to an extent resto-mod them.

It's still as agreed upon, buy the body parts from Porsche but this time around RUF will bolt on their very own internal parts. Do remember that RUF is recognized as a car manufacturer in Germany, not as a tuning brand.
 

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Njam, njam. <<<< Very mature answer but I really like this car except for one minor detail, the taillights (don't like that particular reddish colour).
 
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Wow, it looks amazing. I bet it's going to reach ridiculous prices on the second-hand market.
 

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Interestingly it looks to have a longer wheel base than a 'regular' classic 911. The fronts look to have been pushed further forward and rears moved back even more so. Should make it a bit tamer.

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:drool: The Yellowbird II, wonder if it will come with manual/clutch, knob style boost controller, analog dials, like the original CTR :) Hope the new one stays light, RWD and raw like the old one.

A video to remind how cool the CTR is :



518PS, 1400kg, 37/63 distribution.
 

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Overall, it's quite nice - the modern interpretation of the 'long nose' works well.

Spec sheet says 19" wheels, but they look much bigger than that... makes it look a bit hotwheels to me.
 
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:drool: The Yellowbird II, wonder if it will come with manual/clutch, knob style boost controller, analog dials, like the original CTR :) Hope the new one stays light, RWD and raw like the old one.

A video to remind how cool the CTR is :



518PS, 1400kg, 37/63 distribution.



Actually, according to RUF, the new CTR will have two transmission options:

- Manual
- Sequential

Both are six speed, but the latter isn't the EKS clutchless system that the old RUFs have. :(

But it will keep the traditional 5 gauge layout similar to old 911s.

1200 kg is light by today's standards, and the carbon fiber construction should keep things durable as well.
 

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I was expecting something like the R50.
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But if i'm honest, i think i like this better.

Longtime PGR players will remember that as the "RUF Supercar." It was one of my favorites to drive in that game!