German manufacturer Ruf Automobile GmbH or more commonly known as just RUF, has long been recognized with manufacturing their own high performance models based off Porsche models. RUF is also known as tuner and Porsche specialist, and they are known for building the CTR, also known as the Yellow Bird.
That particular car was known for holding the record for fastest production vehicle back in the 1980s, hitting 340 kph. Fast forward to 2017 however, and the Yellow Bird is back. RUF has just debuted the fourth generation CTR, the company's first ever model to use an in-house designed and developed chassis rather than using a production Porsche platform. As a homage to the original CTR, its exterior design pays tribute to the Type 930 body 911.
Despite the classic design, there are new features such as LED tail lights and projector head lights to modernize the look. The carbon fiber body used on the CTR was first seen at last year's Geneva Motor Show, when Ruf unveiled “resto-moded” 911s but used the same in-house developed carbon fiber body shell. Inside, a two-seat interior along with the round-face analog gauges and a three spoke steering wheel nods back to the early days of RUF.
Powering the CTR is a twin turbo, water-cooled 3.6-liter flat six engine with a dry sump system fitted producing 710 PS and 880 Nm of torque. Much like the original Yellow Bird, it is available with a six-speed manual and in rear-wheel drive configuration only. RUF claims that the CTR can do 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and have a top speed of 362 km/h. To put all the power down, 19-inch wheels with wide tires ensure that the CTR stays planted. Meanwhile, massive six-piston brakes and four-piston brakes at the front and back stop the car.
Production of the fourth generation CTR begins in 2018, and only 30 examples will be produced excluding the prototype. With RUF being an accredited manufacturer, chances are the CTR will be available all over the world provided that one can afford RUF's latest supercar. RUF has yet to reveal the price of the CTR.