This Is Not A 911, This Is RUF’s Own Rear-Engined Carbon-Fiber Jewel With 700 HP

See this car? It looks like a Porsche 911, right? Well it isn’t. At least it’s not actually based on one.

What you’re looking at is the 2017 RUF CTR, revealed for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It’s the celebrated Porsche tuner’s first original chassis, and despite its design, it does away without the actual 911 underpinnings.

Instead the new CTR is based on an entirely original carbon monocoque chassis – the first of its kind to put the engine way in the back over the rear axle, just like Zuffenhausen’s iconic sports car.

Inspired by the legendary 1987 “Yellow Bird” that was the fastest car of its time, the new RUF CTR packs a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six rated at 700 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. All that muscle is channeled through a six-speed manual and limited-slip differential to the 19-inch rear wheels alone, which promises to be quite a handful to manhandle.

The narrow bodywork is similarly crafted from carbon fiber, and the minimalist cabin (blending modern design with retro cues) features carbon-fiber seat shells, aluminum pedals, and a three-spoke steering wheel – helping keep the dry weight down to 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds). The result is a 0-62 time of quoted at less than 3.5 seconds, passing 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 225 mph.

A pushrod double wishbone suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes aim to keep all that power and performance in check. But as keen as we’d be to drive one, we’d do so carefully and in dry conditions, thank you very much.

The German tuner turned manufacturer says it will only build 30 of them (on top of the prototype unveiled in Geneva), starting next year at its factory in Pfaffenhausen, halfway between Stuttgart and Munich in Bavaria. Pricing will be revealed at a later date, but we wouldn’t expect to find a bargain here, by any stretch of the imagination.

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  • RDS Alphard

    Wait, this is the car?

  • Denzel

    They had everyone thinking it would be something like the saleen s7, but instead they bring back the “yellow bird” which isn’t a bad thing. I think they could have done better and more original and then we fell for the hype really bad.

    • Shobin Drogan

      I don’t mind bringing back old cars but I agree everyone was expecting a new supercar contender.

  • BlackRock

    Quite disappointing! Not what we were expecting after all the hype it created upon the announcment. The design looks ugly and not even innovative one. For a 700HP car like this, its 0-60 time is poor.

    • Miknik

      It looks like an older 911, so yeah, nothing innovative. And the 3.5 sec. is pretty much what RWD can handle, especially given the low weight.

      • Joel Damron

        You do realize it’s a manual, not a dual clutch. 3.5 seconds in a manual is crazy good. The new 991.2 911 GT3 does it in 3.3 seconds with manual.

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    • nastinupe

      Yeah but look at the 0 – 124 MPH time. Now that’s crazy fast. It’s RWD and light so it’s difficult to get a better 0 – 60 time, but once it gets going it’s a bullet. The rolling start times will be sick. I like it. It must cost a pretty penny, which is why they packed 700 hp into this baby.

  • Bob

    What year is this??!!

  • Markey

    do copyright laws not apply to Germany?

    • Miknik

      RUF is a Porsche partner for long, I guess Porsche knows about this car.

  • Kaisuke971

    Wait so with all fluids this thing will weight about as much as a 911R ? Wtf this car is scary af. The numbers are definitely supercar territory. That’s not what i thought it would be, but it looks cool.

  • AnklaX

    Should call this the “Yellow Phoenix”

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Recreating something that’s been around for decades is not “new.” I hate when companies simply copy other work and pass it off like they achieved something astounding. And if they are going to display it, please do so with the actual car and not a 3D rendering.

  • KenjiK

    I was expecting a completely new CTR3

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Hypetrain is disappointed.

    But hey, new CTR?

  • Sjaak

    225 mph with only the rear wing and no extra aerodynamic aids ….. Makes me curious, Interesting how RUF has realised to hold the car driveable at those speeds.

  • john1168

    Looks like RUF is catering to the hardcore, old school, Porsche purist enthusiast with this one.

    • Matt

      I don’t think a Porsche ‘purist’ will buy a Porsche that looks like a Porsche, but underneath isn’t actually a Porsche.

      • nastinupe

        Well it’s the idea that people love the body and design but want a better driving car than what a 964 chassis can provide.


  • SteersUright

    Why do I love the shape of this old Porsche so much??!!

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