Ruf kicks off its 80th birthday with two new cars at Geneva

Ruf Automobile has just kicked off its 80th anniversary year by revealing two cars at the Geneva Motor Show: the first production Ruf CTR Anniversary and the new Porsche 991.2-based Ruf GT…

First revealed at the Geneva salon in 2017, the Ruf CTR Anniversary commemorated the 30th birthday of the legendary CTR ‘Yellowbird’. A modern-day homage to the star of the cult-classic video ‘Faszination on the Nürburgring’, the CTR Anniversary weighs a scant 1,200kg and develops 710HP from its twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre air-cooled flat-six. Combined, those figures make the car good for a top speed of 223mph. For 2019, the car has received new wheels and a slimmer ‘whale tail’ rear end. 

The new Ruf GT, meanwhile, is based on the second phase of the previous 991 generation Porsche 911 GTS. Its 3.0-litre flat-six produces 515HP and 645 Nm of torque and it comes equipped with either a manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. We know which we’d prefer! Thanks to some clever aerodynamic bodywork features, such as the duck-tail spoiler and deep front splitter, the GT will still kiss 200mph. 

The Pfaffenhausen manufacturer has garnered something of a cult following over the last 80 years, no doubt facilitated more recently by its Instagram activities. And good on it, we say – we’re looking forward to seeing what the next 80 years holds for Alois and Estonia. 

Photos: Ruf Automobile 

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