The Geneva auto show isn’t like Detroit or LA. It invites all of the standard marques, but it also includes cottage manufacturers like Rimac, Glickenhaus and Porsche-improver Ruf, the latter of which made news today with reveal of its first in-house engineered and designed supercar, the 2017 Ruf CTR. That name pays homage to the original CTR Yellowbird, one of the baddest Porsche-based vehicles ever to put rubber to pavement. You might have driven the original Yellowbird, virtually, in “Gran Turismo” or “Project Cars.”
This new 2017 CTR uses a rear-mounted, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six to make 700 hp and a whopping 649 lb-ft of torque, all of which is channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. A dry-sump oiling system keeps that mill lubricated under hard cornering. The sprint to 62 mph is dispatched in 3.5 seconds, 124 mph goes by in less than 9 seconds and top speed is pegged at 223 mph.
“The concept for the 2017 CTR is one that I have had in my head for a very long time,” said Alois Ruf, president and owner of RUF Automobile GmbH. “We have been waiting for the right point in our history to build our own car, and the 30th anniversary of the CTR ‘Yellowbird’ is that moment.”
The CTR’s monocoque is made completely of carbon fiber, leading to a dry weight of just 2,640 pounds. It gets double wishbones in both front and rear, along with carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 15 inches in front with six-piston calipers and 13.7 inches in back with four-piston units.
The new CTR sports the same canary color as the legend. Inside, it has suede upholstery, carbon-fiber seats, aluminum pedals and a three-spoke steering wheel.
Like most of these amazeballs supercars, the new CTR will get a limited run of 30 cars, not including the prototype built for Geneva.