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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1995 - 1997
Numbers built:16
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 25, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the CTR "Yellowbird" introduced in 1987, Ruf firmly established itself as a serious Porsche enhancer and even manufacturer of its own right. This meant it was a hard act to follow but the Alois Ruf run company did so with great verve with the CTR2. Based on the all-new 993 generation Porsche 911, it was launched in 1995.

While based on a shell provided by Porsche, the new CTR2 was a fundamentally different machine. A roll-cage was installed for added safety and torsional rigidity. The suspension was reworked and proprietary coil-over springs and shock absorbers were fitted. Ruf also made carbon-fibre composite brakes available as an option. With the CTR2, Ruf pioneered a system that also allowed the composite brakes to work while still cold.

The CTR2 was powered by an extensively modified version of Porsche's twin-turbo engine. The air-cooled unit initially produced 520bhp, while in the later Sport version, it was good for a hefty 580bhp. The Ruf came equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox that drove the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. Customers could also choose to have an all-wheel drive system fitted.

Based on the narrow-body 911 Carrera 2 shell, the CTR2 was clothed with a unique lightweight body-kit that included bespoke bumpers, wings, sills and a mighty rear wing. Integrated in the rear deck, the rear wing added downforce but also channeled air to the pair of intercoolers. The Sport model used the wide-body 911 as a base and could accommodate for even wider wheels and tyres. It also boasted a redesigned and larger-still rear wing.

Living up to the expectations, the very light and powerful CTR2 could rival the performance of most supercars from specialist manufacturers. One even set a top speed record for production road cars, which was eventually snatched away by the McLaren F1. To further showcase, the CTR2's performance, Ruf also campaigned two of the Sport models in the 1997 Pikes Peak hill-climb.

Built between 1995 and 1997, Ruf built a total of 28 CTR2s, which include 12 of the Sport versions. It was not really replaced until a decade later when Ruf introduced the mid-engined CTR3.

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