Oh yes, do we want one.
Way back in 1987, RUF revealed what’s now become the iconic Yellowbird. And now, some 30 years later, the RUF CTR has been unveiled at Geneva. As we already reported, the CTR is the first RUF sports car to be based on a chassis that’s completely of the company’s own design, only having a body and paint color that’s a direct tribute to the Yellowbird. Just don't call it a new Yellowbird, as the folks from RUF told us. The CTR is fully modern, and yet it's also a stunning example of analog goodness, and that alone makes it special.
With a power-to-weight ratio of only 3.5 lbs per horsepower, it’s also the first-ever rear-wheel-drive bespoke carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Power comes courtesy of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter flat-six, producing a total of 700 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid boost or any sort of electrification wasn't in the cards. There's also no digital display, but rather gauges that are analog dials. Not only are the lucky 30 owners supposed to have complete control of the CTR through its specially-developed six-speed manual, but they're also going to have the purist driver's experience. Yes, from the outside it has the pre-996 911 classic body shell, but it has nothing whatsoever in common with modern Porsches.
Everything is minimalist, inside and out, and that's the whole point. The RUF CTR is a reminder that there's still a market, albeit small, for purist high-performance, void of computer-controlled electronic aids. Question now is whether RUF will continue in this direction, or shift into a new one. For the time being, the CTR represents what RUF does best, and we couldn't be happier with the result. However, we doubt that in 30 years' time there'll be a CTR tribute in the way it captures the spirit of the Yellowbird.