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.