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Meet the 236mph Ruf CTR3 Evo, the most powerful Ruf ever built

CTR3 Clubsport gets a few tweaks to 789bhp, turns into wild CTR3 Evo

Published: 21 Aug 2023

Ruf humbly notes how its new CTR3 Evo builds upon its predecessor’s already bombastic output and “pushes it further into the realms of supercar performance”. We’d proffer it pushes it further into the realms of outer space.

Because this 236mph mid-engined rocketship now produces even more power, making it the most powerful Ruf supercar ever built. Which, if you know Ruf, is quite a feat.

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The 3.8-litre flat-six twin-turbo engine from the CTR3 Clubsport has been tweaked, upping power from 767bhp to 789bhp, while torque also rises to 730lb ft. It’s a water-cooled unit, fitted with an aluminium block and cylinder heads, and gets a tonne of fancy tech to ensure it’ll punch you into the stratosphere.

It’s mated to a seven-speed double clutch gearbox sending its many horses to the rear wheels of course. Ruf quotes a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds, 0-125mph in 9.2s and of course, that massive top speed (unchanged from the Clubsport).

The CTR3 Evo carries the Clubsport’s bespoke steel chassis over, together with Ruf’s integrated roll cage that, says Ruf, “makes the CTR3 Evo highly agile in the corners”. One suspects it’ll be “highly sideways” should you deploy full throttle around said corner on a circuit. It features lots of stability management, mind, along with a hydraulic lift system for dealing with pesky speedbumps and the like.

The chassis and powertrain are wrapped in a carbon composite body that Ruf says pays homage to “sports prototypes of the past” but featuring modern aero. As such, there are air intakes on the rear arches, a new front spoiler, new mirrors with improved aero, a revised rear diffuser and of course, an automatic rear wing.

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It rides on 19in front/20in rear forged light alloys wheels hiding six-piston calieprs and 380mm perforated ceramic composite brakes. So getting it down from 236mph shouldn’t be an issue.

Because this is a Ruf, there are analogue dials inside, complete with the central rev counter, while the cabin is wrapped fully in leather. Further concessions to its Very Serious Business can be found in the Kevlar/carbon bucket seats, six-point harnesses, Alcantara headlining, on board fire extinguisher and lightweight door panels.

No word on price, but how much do space shuttles go for these days?

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