2007 RUF CTR 3

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2007 RUF CTR 3

Romania; designer Bogdan Urdea, April 2007

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2007 RUF CTR 3

Ruf CTR 3

Ruf CTR 3 Porsche

RUF CTR 3 may have taillights from a Porsche Cayman, and yes, it is based on a 911 chassis, but this is no normal Porsche. The Ruf CTR 3 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter pumping

2007 RUF CTR 3

Porsche builds some of the finest sports cars in the world, but without the Carrera GT, the brand doesn't currently have a wild, world-beating exotic. Apparently RUF, a highly regarded aftermarket Porsche tuner, saw that gap in the market, so it went ahead and built its own.

The RUF CTR 3 may have taillights from a Porsche Cayman, and yes, it is based on a 911 chassis, but this is no normal Porsche. The Ruf CTR 3 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter pumping out 700 hp--over 200 hp more than a 911 Turbo--and 656 lb-ft of torque. The car's 0-to-62 mph figure of 3.2 seconds is just a few tenths faster than that of the aforementioned 911 Turbo's, but the Ruf CTR 3 is capable of a tear-inducing 235 mph. With that sort of capability, fifteen-inch, six-pot, ceramic composite brakes aren't just impressive, they're necessary. As are the steamroller-wide 335/30 ZR20 tires holding the car's rear in place.

Some aspects of the Ruf CTR 3's aluminum and carbon-fiber body, including the 911's smiling face, may look familiar, but from the rear, this thing looks like a road-ready race car. It better look that way, because at approximately $510,000, it will go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the Ferrari Enzo, and a batch of boutique cars like the Koenigsegg CCX. That's not to mention the fact that Porsche's own exotic, the Carrera GT, cost about seventy thousand less. But in a world were Paris Hilton drives an SLR and Kevin Federline has personalized "Federline" brake calipers on his Ferrari, isn't a half million dollars worth it to avoid the mainstream?

2007 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 % / 60 %

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 callipers front/rear 6 piston fixed light alloy callipers
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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