Ruf CTR3: The Mid Engined 911
What is going on here? A lot
Ruf Automobile GmbH, commonly known as Ruf, is a well known German tuner brand focusing on Porsche chassis'. The company is best known for the CTR Yellowbird but what you might not know that is also created another unique supercar - the Ruf CTR3.
Why do I not like it? Why do I not know!
What looks like a Gumpert Apollo and a Carrera GT is actually a 911
Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a Porsche 911. Sure, it's a 11 inches longer than a regular 911, has a massive rear spoiler, and a completely different body type, but it was a 911 at it's "birth." This supercar features a particular platform from Multimatic, the builder of the latest Ford GT hypercar. Its extra 11 inches (27.9 cm) is required to fit the 3.8-litre bi-turbocharged flat six, sitting just ahead of the rear axle. Unlike the 911, this flat six pumps over 765 buff horses (571 kilowatts). Like the 911, however, all of those prancing horses are powered to the rear wheels via a seven speed dual clutch. Not satisfied with a dual clutch? Ruf has you covered with a six speed manual. With a setup like that, you can get propelled an estimated 236 miles per hour, 40 MPH faster than a 911!
Looks like a 991 from the front.
Though the CTR3 is a wonderful, Porsche-like creation, particularly its nose with a striking resemblance to a generation 991 911, fewer than 40 were made. In fact, only seven of the Clubsport, shown above, were built. The Clubsport shown below comes in an "Oak Green", with a vent routed to the bonnet area to give air cooling the engine. Slits behind the door, smaller than a 911 Turbo's, are a likely outlet for air to vent the internal heat. The low deck and massive spoiler are a prominent aspect of this car's sportiness.
Gosh that spoiler is just humongous.
Sure the beastly horsepower is impressive but so is the Ruf's CTR3 interior. You'll see what I mean when you open the doors. Sure it has heavily padded seats but this car has fashionable plaid material - something not common on a car like this. You'd have to look back to an older Mercedes 300SL to find this look.
The stitching on the driver side door is nice, but look at that plaid!
No doubt this car stands out from the pack. How could it not? It's from the best German tuner out there. But is it the best of the best? No. Why? Because it has so many of the things that so many other super cars possess - a big wing, numerous vents, a two-door body style. So what sets it apart? Well, I have to say that interior is really eye catching and unique in the category. The plaid and Bentley-style stitching on the doors is flawless and unexpected. Overall, it is a win for Ruf.
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