2017 Geneva Motor Show – 2017 RUF CTR
IT’s all about the 2017 Geneva Motor Show these days, as expected – I’m sure I’m not the only one who was waiting for these incredible vehicles to show up and impress us. The 2017 RUF CTR is a surprise, at least to me, although not having heard about RUF by now is pure sacrilege – at least to Porsche fans and enthusiasts.
Based on a Porsche 911, this car was built around the tuner’s first original chassis, an original carbon monocoque which features the engine way over the rear axle. Inspired by the legendary 1987 “Yellow Bird”, the RUF CTR packs a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six capable of developing 700 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual and limited-slip differential make the magic happen, with the proper soundtrack to go along for the ride.
That iconic bodywork was also crafted out of carbon fiber, while the interior boasts a minimalist decor, with retro cues – carbon-fiber seat shells, aluminum pedals, and a three-spoke steering wheel. I guess 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 225 mph is enough to make a lasting impression.
A pushrod double wishbone suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes keep it all safe and fun, although you’ve probably realized by now this baby is meant to tackle professional circuits. According to the German tuner, only 30 such units will be sold with pricing to be revealed at a later date – care to make any speculations?