Way back, before Singer and other tuning outfits were reimagining classic Porsches, there was RUF. RUF Automobile made a name for itself reengineering Porsche 911s in the 60s and through the 70s, but the company is best known for its first-generation RUF CTR “Yellow Bird” which hit the streets in 1987.
RUF’s legendary CTR “Yellow Bird” had a twin-turbo motor with 450 hp and topped out at 211 mph. The 469 horsepower, twin-turbo Porsche 911 hit the track against the Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach 5000S and Porsche 959 at Road & Track’s “World’s Fastest Car” competition and hit 213 mph. It’s now 30 years later, and RUF just unveiled what looks like a restomod 911 but is actually a completely unique, all-carbon fiber car on its own platform with 700 horsepower and a top speed of 225 mph.
The 2017 RUF CTR “Yellow Bird” engine is a reengineered Porsche 3.6-liter flat-six good for around 700 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. That power will allow the new CTR to go 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and push on to a top speed of 223 mph.
The new RUF CTR is a full carbon fiber monocoque-chassis quite the endeavor considering it’s the first full chassis designed and engineered completely in-house at RUF. It’s also the first monocoque of its kind to sport rear-engine architecture.
RUF stays true to their purpose. Despite supercar power and modern engineering, the interior remains spartan and vintage; tartan bucket seats and a standard six-speed manual.