Among the myriad of exotics – some of them will be lost in translation and won’t even be covered even if they were on the Geneva show floor – there’s a special place in our heart for the Germans over at Ruf.
This is because they are adept at the retro-mod restoration of Porsche 911 models – they take older models and transform them in modern hardcore machines. During the Geneva Motor Show the aftermarket specialist presented in front of the worldwide audience their first ever in-house designed and produced chassis as the fourth-generation CTR supercar. The company even claims a world first – a rear-engine road car with a mostly carbon fiber monocoque – the only things made out of steel are the crash structures at the front and rear. The modern CTR’s design takes inspiration from the original 1987 model, nicknamed the Yellow Bird, but the exterior panels are carbon fiber now.
Motivating the assembly is a rear-positioned biturbo 3.6-liter flat six engine producing 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) and 649 pound-feet (880 Newton-meters). There’s a new six-speed manual to deliver the power to the rear axle, which also has a limited-slip differential. “We have been waiting for the right point in our history to build our own car and the 30th anniversary of the CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ is that moment,” commented Alois Ruf, President and owner of RUF Automobile GmbH. The carbon fiber composition makes the CTR tip the scales at an almost unbelievable 2,646 pounds (1,200 kilograms), so the performance estimates are well into supercar territory: 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 3.5 seconds and 124 mph (200 kph) in under 9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 224 mph (360 kph).