• Apr 12, 2007
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First things first: Contrary to what was widely reported yesterday (including here), the RUF CTR 3 is not derived from the Porsche Cayman. That makes it no less amazing, as the technical data pasted after the jump bears out. The CTR 3's bodywork is a RUF creation in aluminum and carbon fiber, and the earlier reports stating that the car is Cayman-based were probably a result of the automaker's use of the mid-engined Porsche coupe's taillamps. That's where it ends, however.

The 3,746cc twin-turbocharged flat six produces 700 horsepower and over 656 lb-ft of torque, which, according to RUF, enables the CTR3 to run from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and max out at 235 mph. Shifts come courtesy of a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. The tall shifter is capped with a metal knob and features prominently in the Ruf's leather-lined cabin. 15" 6-piston ceramic-composite brakes fore and aft handle the task of stopping this rocketship. The brakes are tucked behind a set five-spoke wheels sized 19" in front and 20" in back. As much a supercar as the Enzo, Carrera GT, and SLR McLaren, the CTR 3 is priced accordingly at €380,000 plus VAT. That's over $510,000 US dollars at the current exchange rate, and for the buyers who would consider adding one to their collections, it's probably worth every single penny.

[Source: RUF]


RUF CTR 3 Technical data

Body
Body build in steel, aluminium and kevlar-carbon. Rollover protection in A-pillar and in birdcage. The birdcage forms a torsion resistant unit with the front chassis by joining to the sill beam and the A pillar.

Front structure: steel, zinc dipped
Safety passenger compartment: steel, zinc dipped
Engine and transmission frame: space frame and birdcage
Front bonnet and doors: aluminium
Body shell: Kevlar-Carbon composite

Engine
Type: turbocharged boxer
Cylinders: 6
Displacement: 3,746 cc / 228.6 in3
Bore: 102 mm / 4.01 in
Stroke: 76.4 mm / 3.01 in
Output: 515 kW (700 hp) at 7,000 rpm
Max. torque: 890 Nm / 656.5 lb-ft
Compression ratio: 9.2 : 1
Engine control unit: Bosch Motronic with OBD-2
Turbo charger: two KKK turbo chargers
Intercooler: two air-air-intercoolers

Transmission
Power delivery: rear wheel drive
Transmission: sequential 6-speed-manual transmission, transversal, angle drive, shift indicator in the instrument panel
Limited slip differential: multi-disc locking differential
Locking value load / deceleration: 40

Chassis
Front axle: McPherson struts, anti-roll bar
Rear axle: multilink rear axle, anti-roll bar, horizontal coil over shock absorbers
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion

Brakes
Brake calipers front/rear: 6 piston fixed light alloy calipers
Brake discs front/rear: ventilated and cross drilled ceramic composite discs
Brake disc diameter front/rear: 380 mm / 15 in / 380 mm / 15 in
Anti-lock braking system: Bosch ABS 8.0

Wheels and tyres
Wheels front/rear: 8.5" x 19 / 12.5" x 20
Tyres front/ rear: 255/35 ZR 19 / 335/30 ZR 20

Size and weights
Length: 4,445 mm / 175.0 in
Width: 1,944 mm / 76.5 in
Height : 1,200 mm / 47.2 in
Wheelbase: 2,625 mm / 103.3 in
Front track: 1,506 mm / 59.3 in
Rear track: 1,585 mm / 62.4 in

Empty weight with 6 speed manual transmission
According to DIN: 1,400 kg / 3,086.4 lbs
According to EG-standards: 1,475 kg / 3,251.8 lbs

Performance
Top speed: 375 kph / 235 mph
0-100 kph / 0 – 62 mph: 3.2 sec

Price
Euro 380,000.00 (plus VAT)


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Boooooring. What is Kia up to?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like something that came out of Nazi Germany
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, come on. The whole front-end almost looks like a carbon copy of a Porsche. Not a very original design...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, I think the Auto-Union look is not so good.

      Audi's retro Auto-union inspired concepts are ugly. This car is ill proportioned from the A-pillar back. The windows are odd, and the rear engine cover treatment is not graceful at all. The Porsche/Ruf front end is graceful.

      The rear fenders are long, and make the car look very long and flat behind the cab. A longer fastback roofline would have been better.

      The rear fascia, with the Cayman/Boxster tail lights, doesn't look bad. The wheels look great.

      A Cayman with an engine transplant would be better looking, less expensive, and probably just as much, or more fun, even if it isn't as blisteringly fast.

      I wonder about "supercars" going over the top. I know that is what they are designed for... but look at how many enzos are being stupidly destroyed. Maybe there is such a thing as "too much" on the public roads.

      I don't think that those hyper-super cars should not be built... but it becomes a case of diminishing returns at some point. more money to break the speed record by 1mph...

      Why not spend some of that money developing sports cars that mere mortals can drive, and can afford... Or building things like the Cayman and 997 to be even more affordable and fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car's good and all, but it still can't touch Bugatti Veyron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      0-62 in 3.2...gord lord
      • 7 Years Ago
      Definately not a Cayman. The front looks seems to be a modified 911 front end. It looks a lot like the GT3's front end, not identical but close. The rear looks a bit like a Cayman, but I think that's mostly because of the MR layout allows the curve of the rear window to end before the rear bumper. Looks great. Definately what the 911 should be!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How the heck do you see out the back?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is no substitute.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cool thing is that I've seen that paint on a Ruf RGT in person. There's a collector here in Texas that has a large collection of Ruf cars including a yellowbird (the funny thing is that his is actually black) The paint on this CTR 3 is pretty cool. It's a matte silver that does the "color change" thing. At different angles, it has bluish or reddish tinge to it. It's pretty subtle, but cool in person. I'm sure this collector will have one of these as he's also purchased 4 carrera GTs and owns a 911 GT1 that has been federalized and wears a Texas inspection sticker.

      This new Ruf should be a wild ride, but I'm surprised that Ruf didn't want to out-gun some of 9ff's 900hp+ Porsche based speed weaponry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is derived from a Cayman: it's well know.
      The problem is that it is heavily modified, but people will not be happy to pay 380000 for a modified Cayman.

      So here comes the marketing guys: "This isn't a Cayman: only the rear lights"...

      I love the auto-union look of the rear. Hate the boring Porsche front.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WICKED!!!!!
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