Ruf Automobile fuses modern technology with vintage styling with all-new 2018 Ruf SCR

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2018

Ruf Automobile paid tribute to the original CTR by creating an all-new model of the same name – the 2017 Ruf CTR – and unveiling it in Geneva. Fast forward a year, Ruf is unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show another all-new model that pays homage to its 40-year old original predecessor – the new 2018 Ruf SCR.

The yellow-finished CTR marked a new milestone for the German carmaker as it was its first product that was designed and engineered in-house. Ruf has been known for creating products out of Porsche’s body-in-white units, including the first three generation of the CTR.

But the fourth-gen CTR broke from the mold, combining vintage styling with modern technology. Now, the Ruf SCR is following its tracks. It is an entirely all-new car that isn't derived from a body-in-white from Porsche. Both the original 1978 Ruf SCR and the still-new 2016 Ruf SCR 4.2 were based from the bodies-in-white of the Porsche 911 SC (1978) and Porsche 993, respectively.

While the 2018 Ruf SCR definitely looks like a Porsche – the Porsche 964 (911) in particular – it isn't one and isn't even a modified version. It is an all-new model underpinned by a custom-built platform.

According to Ruf, the new 2018 SCR represents the carmaker’s their answer to the demand for a pure, undiluted driving pleasure in a world sans compromises. Compared to its predecessors, the new 2018 SCR is lighter and has more safety features. Moreover, it boasts of having more power, thanks to its normally aspirated 4.0-liter engine.

The 2018 Ruf SCR is actually a continued development of the 2016 model. But instead of continually employing a Porsche 993 body-in-white, Ruf decided to go for a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis as well as a full carbon fiber body shell similar to that of the Porsche 964. These are reinforced by an integrated roll cage (IRC) and supported by a push-rod suspension on both axles.

Featuring a curb weight of 1,250 kg, the 2018 SCR gets its power from a normally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer-engine that delivers 510 PS (375 kW) of max output and 470 Nm (347 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, this six-cylinder boxer-engine allows the 2018 Ruf SCR to go as fast as 320 km/h (199 mph).

As unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new Ruf SCR is wrapped in green finish, similar to the color of the original model launched in 1978. The original model was built from the body-in-white of the Porsche 911 SC, and was created to cater to fans who were disappointed with the performance of the base model.

Its 3.2 liter engine was derived from 3.0 liter mill found in the 911 SC. The larger engine allowed for better power ratings from just 180 hp to 217 hp. This difference in performance – despite the similar appearance with the 911 SC – enabled the SCR to earn praises from German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport in its #13/1978 issue.

Press Release

2018 Ruf SCR

At the 88th Geneva International Motor Show, the sports car manufacturer RUF presents their traditional keystones based on today’s trendsetting technology: the new RUF SCR 2018. More power, less weight, more safety features and in addition to this, the peerless presence of a four-litre normally aspirated engine with 510 hp – the new SCR is our characterful answer to the desire for a pure, undiluted driving pleasure in a world without compromises.

A look back in time: the name SCR stands for a 40 year lasting tradition in the history of the brand. The SCR had its premiere in the year 1978 and immediately it impressed the critical experts of the well-known German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport who stated: “Power, everywhere you step!” The published test in the issue #13/1978 was greatly acknowledged in the motoring scene back then.

The original SCR was driven by an engine with six cylinders, 3.2 liter engine displacement and maximum power uprated to 217 hp. The standard engines delivered 180 hp. The SCR carries a large front spoiler with round brake-cooling ducts plus an integrated oil-cooler. At the rear, a whale-tail spoiler was fitted to the engine lid to ensure balanced aerodynamics.

38 years later RUF tied in with this traditional know-how for their well-known, extraordinary performing cars and presented a stunning, new prototype at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva. This driving machine evolved out of nothing else than the DNA of a species which helped to make the original SCR change the world of sports cars.

This deep feeling of driving pleasure was the motivation to spend another two years of development and testing of the prototype. RUF wanted to create a unique, state-of-the-art, gentleman-driver sports car for those who prefer the soundtrack of a normally-aspirated engine. The result: our brand new “RUF SCR 2018”. The new car has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and a full carbon fibre body-shell reinforced by an integrated roll cage (IRC). The push-rod suspension on both axles allows the powerful, normally-aspirated 6-cylinder boxer-engine, with a displacement of 4.0 liters, to exploit the car’s potential to the full. Now 510 hp meet less than 1300 kg of weight packaged in an elegant, state-of-the-art carbon fibre suit.

The sports car manufacture RUF is proud to present to you their latest evolution after more than four decades cultivating a tradition for building exciting, safe and pure sporty automobiles: The new RUF SCR 2018. Never forgetting our roots and for 40 years we have stayed loyal to our traditions.

Technical Data:

Leistung / Power
510 PS / 375 kW bei / @ 8.270/min

Max. Drehmoment / Torque
470 Nm bei / @ 5.760/min
347 lb ft

Hubraum / Displacement
4.000 cm³

Kraftübertragung / Transmission
6-Gang Schaltgetriebe
6-speed manual gearbox

Höchstgeschwindigkeit / Top Speed
320 km/h
199 mph

Radstand / Wheelbase
2.342 mm

Maße & Gewicht / Dimensions & weight
Leergewicht DIN / Kerb weight DIN 1.250 kg
Leistuntgsgewicht / Power-weight ratio 3,33 kg/kW / 2,45 kg/PS

Verbrauch / Fuel consumption
Innerstädtisch / urban 20,2 l/100km
Außerstädtisch / non-urban 9,7 l/100km
Gesamt / combined 13,6 l/100km
CO2 - Emissionen / CO2 – emissions 324 g/km
Effizienzklasse / efficiency class G

Source: Ruf

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