The 2017 RUF CTR is the world’s first rear-engine, carbon-fiber monocoque road car.
Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it’s the first RUF car engineered and designed by the company, which has developed a reputation for modifying Porsche sports cars. So it’s not a huge surprise the German automaker used a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine to power its supercar, sporting 710 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and according to RUF, the new CTR is capable of going zero-to-62 (0-100 km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds. Top speed will be in excess of 223 mph (360 km/h).
Based on a chassis completely of the firm’s own design, the body pays tribute to the 1987 CTR “Yellow Bird” that is arguably one of RUF’s most famous cars. Helping complete the design are center-locking, 19-inch wheels wrapped with 245/35/19 tires up front and wider 305/30/19 tires in the rear.
Dry weight tips the scale at 2,640 pounds (1,200 kilograms), giving it an impressive power-to-weight ratio. Suspension comes in the form of double-wishbone arms in a pushrod configuration for both the front and rear, while braking duties are handled through carbon ceramic brake discs with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.
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