On occasion, we find extremely rare and desirable cars that roll across the auction block, but few are as pristine and well kept as this 2009 RUF CTR3. Its beautiful chassis has only called one garage home while having traveled a mere 547 miles. They don’t come any better than this.
Although it looks like a modified Porsche 911 or Cayman, this is no chop job. The small German manufacturing company RUF designed and built the CTR3 from the ground up, using only a handful of original Porsche parts in creating perhaps one of the top supercars ever produced.
The CTR3 starts off with the front crash zone, floor pan, and hood of a 911 GT3 RS delivered directly from the Porsche assembly line. RUF then added the mid-mounted engine cradle and integrated roll cage. Adding to the car’s safety are Porsche production GT3 doors with integrated side-impact braces. A modified 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six is then fitted snugly behind the passenger compartment. It powers the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. A massive 750 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque move to 3,086-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.1 seconds.
Bringing the car to a halt are four 15-inch, carbon-ceramic rotors clamped by six-piston aluminum calipers front and rear. Huge 265/35ZR19 tires up front and massive 335/30ZR20 tires out back grip the road. The CTR3’s track is five inches wider than a standard 911 and the wheelbase has grown 10.8 inches, while the overall length hasn’t changed. The beautiful rear suspension set up is a multi-link arrangement while the front uses the 911’s MacPherson struts.
Only 31 CTR3s were ever made and this particular example is for sale in California. It was imported into the U.S. in 2009 to an owner who never had it registered. It was then shipped back to Germany in 2012 for upgrades including a bump in horsepower to its current output. Even with its outrageous power, it still meets all federal emissions standards and is completely street legal. Current asking price is unknown, but other CTR3s have sold for $400,000 plus. Head over Canepa to see the RUF’s actual listing.
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After being teased for quite some time, RUF’s new CTR3 Clubsport finally made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Built as an evolution of the standard RUF CTR3, the new Clubsport version features some of the classic 1950s styling cues that were itching to get on a more modern interpretation.
The RUF CTR3 Clubsport has received a carbon fiber treatment on the fenders, door sills, rear deck lid, and the roof mounted air-duct to add a little flair to the already impeccable Cayman tuning package. A functional rigid rear spoiler also provides the car with more stability while driving at high speeds, which is a necessity in a vehicle such as this.
Powering the RUF CTR3 Clubsport is a twin turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine with an output of 750 HP at 7100 rpm and a peak torque of 708 lb-ft at 4000 rpm - that’s an increase of 50 HP over a standard RUF CTR3. The engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox and can sprint the car up to an impressive top speed of 229 mph.
Porsche tuning firm extraordinaire, RUF, is one of the best in the business at what it does. So much so, that they produce some of the fastest and most powerful Porsche upgrades on the planet.
The latest model of their Cayman-based CTR 3 is a perfect example of that. Already boasting two previous models, the CTR 3 is the epitome of how a Porsche Cayman should be tuned up. On its own, the German sports car is already capable of producing an output of 265 horsepower, thanks to a 2.9-liter inline-six engine, but RUF have put their talents to good use to give the Cayman the proper juicing up. This was done by completely redesigning the car’s look and replacing the existing engine with a more powerful 3.8-liter flat-six cylinder engine with a staggering output of 750 horsepower.
Just in case your math is slow, that’s more than twice the ponies the standard Cayman has. Just goes to show how these guys are one of the best at what they do.
More details on the RUF CTR 3 after the jump.
Earlier, at the Michelin Tuning and Bespoke auto manufacturer’s day at the Nurburgring in Germany, Porsche outfitter and tuning outfit, RUF, fetched along the mighty looking Ruf CTR 3 and allowed me a few passenger laps. Like all RUF models, the CTR 3 is Porsche based, but the origin of its chassis has never been disclosed. I suspect 60% of the chassis to be reconstructed from the front wing and slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate repositioning of the twin-turbo flat-six boxer engine. The CTR3’s ambition and heritage was to replace the now legendary 469bhp CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ and the 520bhp CTR2 that followed a decade later.
Using essentially the same motor as Ruf’s 911-based Rt 12, but with an additional 50hp, the CTR3’s 700bhp is supported by a jaw thumping 656lb ft of torque at 4000rpm. Therefore directing all the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gear box. This thrusts the CTR3 to 0-124mph in 9.6sec. However, no matter what the figures tell you, on the Nordschleife in Germany, I expected it to be restrained in the many uncompromising corners of the northloop.
This definitely was not the case. Immediately after leaving the car park and cruising down through Tiergarten, I realized this was no normal press lap. Hatzenbach and Quiddelbacher were a blur and I was overwhelmed by the power and low end lagless power delivered by the twin turbochargers.
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It’s been a while since we last saw the RUF CTR3 in action, so when word got around that one of these rare supercars went out to stretch its legs on a race track, we just had to scoop up any form of video evidence of the CTR3.
Much to our delight, the car still looks insanely awesome and still comes with that unmistakable power underneath its hood. In case you’ve forgotten, the RUF CTR3 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine, which produces an output of 700hp at 7,000rpm. The car can also accelerate from 0-100 kmh in only 3.2 seconds and comes with a topspeed of 375 kmh.
With a 700 hp engine the RUF CTR3 is one of the fastest Porsche ever. And now here it is driving around the town! The CTR3 is priced at $400,000.
Starting with the Porsche Cayman body, RUF has utilized racing technologies first seen on its 911-based RT12 offering. Powering the CTR3 is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six engine pumping out 700 bhp at 7,000 rpm with torque topping out at 657 lb-ft. To save weight its developers added several unique body panels made from lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber as well as a new lattice tubing spaceframe.
Drive is sent to the wheels via a rumored seven-speed sequential automatic gearbox that’s said to allow the CTR3 to reach a top speed of 224 mph.
Exactly 20 years after the original CTR, German tuning house RUF has announced the introduction of its third generation CTR3 coinciding with the launch of its new plant in Bahrain. The latest version will be based on the Porsche Cayman and like the original, the CTR3 will be one of the fastest Porsches on offer when it’s released.
UPDATE 05/27/2010: We were able to test drive the RUF CTR 3 at the Nurburgring! Click here to read about the awesome experience!
Ruf has announced that they will unveil the third generation CTR3, 20 years after the original CTR was launched in 1987. The CTR3 will be based on the Porsche Cayman and will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.8L flat six engine with an output of 700 hp at 7000 rpm.
The CTR3 will have a top speed of 223 mph.