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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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 |  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]