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 |  Jan 19 2012, 8:15 PM

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Looking to score yourself a truly one-off vehicle in America? Up for sale is this 1989 Porsche RUF CTR Yellowbird, the only aluminum lightweight variant of the Yellowbirds ever created for importation into the United States.

It comes with a hefty, but warranted price tag with a buy it now price of $279,000. This CTR is the lightest one in the world, weighing in at just 2,520-lbs and has been maintained by a professional team of Porsche experts at the 901 shop. It has had only one owner and sports 14,866-miles on the odometer.

This RUF CTR Yellowbird is powered by a 3.4L, twin-turbocharged engine with 525-hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a RUF six-speed transmission while the exterior of the vehicle sports 17-inch RUF wheels in a staggered setup. 0-60 mph is rated at 3.4-seconds with a top speed of 215-mph.

Quite possibly the ultimate vehicle for any Porsche collector, this RUF CTR Yellowbird is truly one-of-a-kind.

Check out a video of a RUF CTR Yellowbird on the Nurburgring after the break.

GALLERY: 1989 Porsche RUF CTR Yellowbird

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[Source: eBay via German Car Forum]

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 |  Jan 14 2012, 12:00 PM

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RUF, known for their amazing Porsche creations, looks to have beaten Porsche at creating the rumored long-wheelbase Panamera for the Chinese market.

The tuning specialist decided to take matters into their own hands, creating the Panamera XL, a 211.4-inch long Panamera aimed at the higher-end Chinese market for those who wish to be chauffeured around in true style. The Panamera’s wheelbase has been extended 15.7-inches making it 130.7-inches and the result is one comfortable business lounge for the Chinese fortunate enough to own one.

It comes at a price though, as the stretched Panamera now weighs in at an astonishing 4,321-lbs. It’s still powered by the V8 engine with 414-hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

GALLERY: RUF Porsche Panamera XL

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[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Nov 21 2011, 12:45 PM

There are tuner shops, and then there are tuner manufacturers. What’s the difference? While a Tuner shop will bolt on spoilers and body kits, and some good tuner shops can even enhance your engines performance; a tuner manufacturer takes a bare shell and makes the entire car themselves to meet their customer’s requirements.

That is exactly what Ruf does. For 34 years, Alois Ruf has been working on Porsches. His process is so thorough, Porsche sends him bare shells of their cars, and everything is then put in place by Ruf technicians. Each car is thus tailor made for its new owner.

While most of Ruf’s creations look like slightly modded versions of the Stuttgart original, in 2007 they unveiled a car that took the tuning game on a whole new level. It was called the CTR3 and it was built using a chassis that had bits of the 911 married to some Cayman structure, wrapped in a Kevlar-carbon composite body-shell. The end result looked like a car Porsche enthusiasts could only dream about, until now.

It’s not all about looks either. Under the rear clamshell you’ll find a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine with two turbo-chargers. Twin-turbo Porsche motors are not that uncommon, but ones that produce 750-hp and 708 lb/ft of torque certainly are. All this power is fed to only the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Launch it correctly and you’ll cover the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 236 mph. That makes the CTR3 a lot faster than the Carrera GT, the fastest production car Porsche ever made.

If all this sounds irresistible to you (if you’re reading about cars on the internet, it should), you’d be happy to learn that a CTR3 is currently being offered for sale in California by R3 Motorsports. Since their advert was missing some information, we called the owner of the company; Ryan Negry, for some more information on this rare beast. According to Negry, this 2010 example has covered just 300-miles and that it can be yours for just $540,000.

[Source: duPont Registry]

 |  Jul 20 2011, 4:30 PM

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Infamous Porsche tuner RUF has unveiled their third generation CTR, the Cayman-based supercar featuring a mid-engine design with a 3.8L flat-six with 750-hp and 708 lb-ft of torque. RUF’s CTR variants have always been known to be in a league of their own, and the CTR 3 is no exception, featuring a Kevlar-carbon body shell, with a hood and a pair of doors made from lightweight aluminum.

The car itself has been transformed to support the new mid-engine design with galvanized steel used for the front structure and passenger compartment. The powertrain has been fixed in a space frame and modular tubular frame construction. Inside, the passenger compartment is reinforced with RUF’s Integrated Roll Cage.

Engine-wise, the twin-turbocharged powerplant features a pair of intercoolers – one for each turbo – placed in front of each rear wheel. Mated to the 3.8L flat-six is a transversely mounted sequential 6-speed transmission with a limited slip differential.

The CTR 3 also features a staggered set of 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear, with the widebody fitting 335/30/20 tires in the back. Those interested in purchasing a CTR 3 can also have the interior customized to their liking with leather and Alcantara options.

All said and done, the CTR 3 weighs in at 3,086-lbs and with 750-hp, it has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.4-lbs per hp. That makes for a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 236-mph.

GALLERY: RUF CTR 3

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[Source: RUF Automobile]

 |  Mar 07 2011, 5:43 PM

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RUF has produced some of the world’s finest modified Porsche variants for as long as we can remember. Their newest rendition was on display at the Geneva Motor Show and showed just how proficient RUF has become with modifying Porsches to perfection. The RUF Rt 12 R is based on the 911 Turbo, but instead of the factory 500-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque, RUF takes it to new heights with 730-hp and 693 ft-lbs of torque.

RUF doesn’t just focus on the performance of the 911 Turbo however, the Rt 12 R has also been overhauled with carbon fiber fenders, hood, luggage cover, seats and optional roof. To further shed some unwanted pounds, the side and rear windows have been swapped in with plastic counterparts to the factory glass. RUF has already claimed an impressive 230-mph top speed in the Rt 12 R.

Located on all four corners are lightweight, forged aluminum center-locking wheels sporting a staggered 19-inch setup.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: RUF Rt 12 R

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 |  Feb 18 2011, 10:18 AM

Don’t label RUF Automobiles as a mere Porsche tuner. They install enough of their own parts in Porsche bodies to be considered by the German government to be an independent manufacturer. And while Porsche is experimenting with electricity on their own, RUF has beaten them to the punch, with three different electric drivetrains, stuffed in ten Porsche testers, with help from electronics giant Siemens and the German government.

The ten cars are Porsche 997 Carreras with three completely different drivetrains. The first car has a single electric motor and a single-speed gearbox, draining a 29kWh battery for range of approximately 90 miles and a 0-60 time of seven seconds. The second has two motors, mounted transversely, and a two-speed gearbox. This one has a 36.6kWh battery and has been tested at 335 horsepower, beating the above car in speed (0-60 in five seconds and range (120 miles). The third prototype has the same motor and battery as the second car, but this gets two separate gearboxes. Each motor and gearbox drives a rear wheel, giving the car precise torque vectoring and cornering ability. Performance is similar to the second car.

    At least one of these cars will be shown at Geneva.

    Ruf has built electric Porsche prototypes before, with the eRuf Model A, the Greenster, and the Stormster. But these cars show how far the company’s progressed in bringing together the concepts of electric power and high performance. The future is here, ladies and gentlemen, and the twin motor/gearbox prototype sounds the most space-age to us.

    [Source: RUF Automobile]

     |  Sep 01 2010, 2:36 PM

    We haven’t heard a lot out of RUF recently, making us wonder where the famed Porsche tuner has gone. But it looks like they’re just taking things nice and slowly, recently releasing a new tuner kit for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel Turbo. With two options available to the public, customers can choose from either 288-hp or 310-hp. The two kits are available for the 3.0L V6 turbo (with eight-speed Tipstronic S transmission).

    For $4,875 you can have the Upgrade One package, (essentially an ECU upgrade) bumping horsepower from 240-hp to 288-hp with 428 ft-lbs of torque (22 ft-lbs increase)  to play with. The Upgrade Two package is available for an astonishing $9,245 and with that comes a modified turbocharger along with the ECU upgrade. You will however get 310-hp with 465 ft-lbs of torque.

    We find the mods to be pretty extensive considering what you’re getting in return, and we’re sort of confused as to why even with a modified turbocharger and ECU reflash why it wouldn’t put out more than 310-hp. But here’s to thinking RUF is taking it conservative to keep the Cayenne Diesel fuel-efficient and reliable. What’s the fun in that?

    Official press release available after the break.

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     |  Jul 24 2009, 10:42 AM

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    What’s the only Porsche faster than a RUF? Why, another RUF of course.

    The Germany Porsche experts at RUF have just release an even more powerful version of the 911 Turbo-based RT12, the RS12 S. Standard RT12 models range from 530 to 650hp, but this new model takes it a step further with 685hp and and equally insane 649 ft-lbs of torque.

    Outside the car gets a few different parts from the standard RT12, including LED lights, a carbon-fiber spoiler, as well as mirrors and wider fenders borrowed from the RUF CTR3.

    Inside the cabin gets a complete work-over and comes with a specially designed roll cage.

    A set of 19-inch RUF wheels comes with the complete car, as does a set of carbon ceramic brakes. There is also an optional height-adjustable suspension.

    RUF says it will offer the RT12 S as either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, which would presumably mean RWD versions would be based on the GT2 and not the Turbo.

    The vehicle is currently offered in Europe with sales in the U.S. expected to follow. Pricing in Europe is set at 255,900 Euros (or roughly $400,000 USD).

    GALLERY: RUF RT12 S

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    Official release after the jump:

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    RUF CTR 3

    With 700hp and a mid-engine design, it’s the greatest RUF ever!

     |  Jan 05 2009, 11:50 AM

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    While generating 700hp and 657 ft-lbs of torque from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter boxer engine is incredible, such things are hardly out of the ordinary at RUF. What is amazing, however, is that this car, while looking an awful lot like a Carrera GT, is actually loosely based on a 997 Turbo. Even more amazing is that RUF designed the car with the engine mid-mounted, rather than in its standard rear-mounted position.

    The entirely new body of the CTR 3 is made of steel, aluminum and carbon-Kevlar, with aluminum for the doors and carbon-Kevlar for the body shell. This makes for an incredibly light (3,086 lb) vehicle.

    The combined low weight and high horsepower help the CTR 3 to accelerate to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a run to 124 mph in just 9.6 seconds. RUF claims a top speed of 234 mph!

    RUF CTR 3:

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    Get complete specs on the brakes, wheels and transmission after the jump:

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