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by Brett Davis

For those of you who enjoy the odd car video, and especially those who like the Nurburgring, you may remember the famous ‘Faszination on the Nurburgring’ video Ruf Automobile released 20 years ago. The video (as seen on YouTube) features the original Ruf CTR ‘Yellowbird’ being flung around the ‘Ring by company test driver Stefan Roser. Ruf has just launched the third generation CTR, the Ruf CTR 3.

Although there’s no “Faszination” video of the new car (Ruf did release a ‘Fazcination 2’ video about five years ago on the 996 Turbo R), this new CTR 3 is now the flagship model in the Ruf line-up. And it’s been more than three years in the making.

The original CTR was based on the Porsche 911, 930/964, while the rest of the Ruf line-up is based on a Porsche of some degree. This new CTR-3 though is an all-new development, so it’s Ruf’s first complete vehicle since the company was established in 1939.

The Ruf CTR-3 is a mid-engined two-seater. It features 3.8-litre flat six outputting 515kW of power at 7600rpm and 890Nm of torque, available from 4000rpm – it’s enough oomph to get it from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and eventually push it to 375km/h.

The Ruf CTR-3 is also Ruf’s first mid-engined car which means the company has been able to develop the handling and balance, from scratch, around the engine.

Under the Kevlar-carbon composite bodywork there’s a galvanised steel front structure and passenger section, while the engine and transmission is nestled into a space frame and modular tube-frame chassis – like what you get on a race car. It also gets the latest in Ruf’s renowned Integrated Roll Cage technology.

The car was initially unveiled at Bahrain International Circuit in 2007, but it’s now finally finished and available to order.

No need to wrap it, thanks, we’ll use it now.




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