Ruf CTR, The Car That Used to be The Fastest Sports Car in The World

This German 2-door coupe known as the Yellowbird is a high performance sports car based on the Porsche 911. It is powered by a extremely tuned version of Porsche’s 3.2L twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine enlarged to 3.4L, delivering 469 HP, 408 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 213 miles per hour. It is rear-engine, rear-wheel drive with a 5-speed manual transmission. It was introduced back in 1987, and it was the fastest sports car in the world. The Ruf CTR is a old-school car with a lot of torque and power, and it can keep up with the new supercars. Only 29 Ruf cars of this model were built from scratch, and the rest was converted from a customer cars.

At the “World’s Fastest Cars” contest in 1987 it did 0-60 mph in 4.0s, 0-100 mph in 7.3s and reached a top speed of 211 mph, outperforming the competition by 10 mph. In 1988 at Nardò Ring, the Ruf CTR was the fastest car in the competition reaching top speed of 213 mph, surpassing a Porsche 959 (211 mph), Ferrari F40 (199 mph) and a Mercedes AMG 6.0 32V (179 mph). At one point it achieved an unofficial top speed of 215 mph. The Ruf CTR was slower than the Porsche 959 from 0-60 miles per hour, but it could outperform it to 100 miles per hour and it could reach a higher top speed.

In 1995 the successor of the Ruf CTR was introduced. The Ruf CTR2 is a rear-engine rear-wheel drive, or an optional all-wheel drive, based on the Porsche 993-chassis 911 Turbo. It is powered by a 3.6L twin-turbocharged flat-6 air-cooled engine delivering 520 hp and a 506 lb-ft of torque. The top speed of this supercar available only with a 6-speed manual transmission is 217 mph, and the acceleration time from 0-60 mph is 3.6 seconds.

In 2007, twenty years after the original CTR, the CTR3 was released. Unlike the previous Ruf cars, the Ruf CTR3 is a mid-engine rear-wheel drive powered by a a Porsche derived 3.8L flat-6 engine, paired with a twin KKK turbochargers, delivering 691 hp and a 660 lb·ft of torque. The top speed of the 2007 model is 233 mph, and the acceleration time from 0-60 mph is 3.1 seconds. The 2012 model has an upgraded engine delivering 740 hp and a 710 lb·ft of torque. Since the 2012 the Clubsport package is available, offering boosted engine power of 767 hp and a 720 lb·ft of torque. The CT3 is available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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