Alois Ruf may have cut his teeth as Germany’s preeminent Porsche customizer, but the CTR3 is something altogether different. At first glance its Porsche roots are obvious—there are the twin ovoid headlights and the curvy haunches. Yet the CTR3 is more Porsche-inspired than Porsche-based.
Instead of the Porsche underpinnings that governed the design of every RUF car prior, the CTR3’s platform was developed in conjunction with Canadian supplier Multimatic, the same company responsible for the production of Ford’s new, Le Mans class-winning GT. Its footprint is about that of a 911, but the CTR3’s wheelbase is nearly 11 in. longer to accommodate a rear-mid-mounted engine. The 3.8-litre flat-six squeezed between the axles is, of course, a Porsche unit, but in the CTR3 it is upgraded with a pair of KKK turbochargers that boosted power initially to 691 hp, but a rawer CTR3 Clubsport that debuted in 2012 upped that to a thundering 777 ponies sent to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Thanks to that power upgrade, the CTR3 Clubsport tops out at a hefty 236 mph. Given its excellent rear-mid-engine balance and relatively light 3,000-lb. curb weight, the CTR3’s road manners are more akin to a supercar than a sports car. Its acceleration is ferocious, matched by excellent handling tenacity thanks to Porsche 997-sourced MacPherson struts up front and a RUF-engineered multi-link rear suspension. Inside, the CTR3 blends Porsche switchgear and design with RUF’s unique touches. Special leather-wrapped carbon fiber seats and a three-spoke steering wheel split the difference between comfort and performance. The Oak Green CTR3 Clubsport presented here is one of the final examples built. It made its debut alongside RUF’s latest model, the SCR, in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and today presents in virtually as-new condition throughout, ready to be driven and enjoyed. Fewer than 30 CTR3s were built, with just seven of those the more hard-core Clubsport. To mark the occasion, this CTR3 Clubsport was signed by Alois Ruf himself and it will be presented to its next owner with a commemorative watch. Over the years, RUF has earned a stellar reputation for quality and attention to detail in upgrading Porsches and producing its own cars. The CTR3 Clubsport is without doubt RUFs wildest creation yet and a must-have for any enthusiast of high-horsepower German supercars. RM Sotheby’s will offer this exceptional Clubsport at their biennial Monaco Auction. Held at the glamorous Grimaldi Forum, a venue synonymous with the principality's most prestigious events, the Monaco auction takes place alongside the legendary Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, making for a weekend ripe with automotive excitement. Last year's auction exceeded €27.5 million and was topped by the sale of the 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta, which achieved an astounding €7.280.000.
The RUF CTR3 on RUF’s stand at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.