IT’LL BE A LITTLE RUF AT THE QUAIL THIS YEAR
RUF Porsches will have a special class, and there’ll even be a ‘reunion’
RUF’s first Porsche product came out two years later in 1983, the RUF BTR, with a 374-hp 3.4-liter turbo in place of the stock 1983 911’s 204-hp naturally aspirated mill. The following year the BTR broke 300 km/h in a top-speed shootout for some U.S. car mag. The butterscotch-looking car you see here, the GTR, came out in 1987 with a 469-hp twin-turbo powerplant that pushed it to 212 mph at Nardo.
By 1988, RUF was approved as a manufacturer by both NHTSA and the EPA and officially rolled into the USA. Other models followed, including a 1991 BR with a modest 40-hp increase over stock to 360 hp; the 1993 RCT (RUF Carrera Turbo), making 370 hp and its big brother that RCT EVO making 425; and the 1996 RUF CTR 2, which made 520 twin-turbo hp and featured a RUF rear wing and 19-inch forged magnesium wheels. Improvements continued, expanding to the Cayman and the SUVs in Porsche’s lineup. Then the new CTR 911 debuted at Geneva this year.
It’s the new CTR that will make its U.S. debut at this year’s Quail, a further celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Yellowbird. The new car was developed and built at RUF’s Pfaffenhausen, Germany, shop, with a carbon-fiber monocoque powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat-six making 700 hp. That’s good for 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 223 mph. Production begins in late 2018.
There will also be RUF CTR Clubsport, CTR2 and RCT models on hand at The Quail. If you really want to be a RUF insider, try and figure out where the RUF owners’ party will be held. If you find out, tell us.
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