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New 991-based Ruf GT set for Geneva

The first production Yellowbird tribute will be joined by a brand-new model. Here's what we know

By Dafydd Wood / Friday, February 22, 2019

Ruf loves a good Geneva reveal. Two years ago it gave us a 710hp homage to its legendary Yellowbird in the form of the CTR, which it followed up last year with the debut of its new naturally-aspirated SCR. With the renowned marque turning 80 this year, the odds were always good that it was going to serve up something special again, and it has delivered not once, but twice.

First up is the first production example of that CTR, now dubbed the CTR Anniversary. Unlike the majority of other outlandish concepts revealed under the Swiss lights, it has made it to production unaltered, meaning 710hp and 649lb ft from its 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six. And a manual transmission. The combination is enough to launch the 1,200kg machine to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 223mph.

The second car set to adorn Ruf's stand is an all-new model; the Ruf GT. Based on the outgoing 991 Porsche 911 details are scarce, but the company has confirmed a 3.0-litre flat-six putting out 515hp and 476lb ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission takes care of the shifting here, helping to shave a tenth off the GT's 0-62 time despite a 200hp and 250kg disadvantage versus the CTR.

Marketing director, Estonia Ruf, said of the models: "Each year we hope to push the technological envelope further, creating a more enjoyable, more usable and better performing sports car. The two cars being unveiled in Geneva are the pinnacle of their respective niche in the car world. They are the best options when it comes to pure driving pleasure. That was the goal from the start."

What else do we know? Well, Ruf has also claimed that, "the ducktail generates high downforce and keeps the RUF GT stable at its top speed of 199 mph." So it's a 991, made faster, with a ducktail. Sounds good to us. We'll look forward to seeing both cars in the metal on March 5th.

 

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