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You Can Own A Piece of Tuned Porsche Magic: 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

Built for Pikes Peak, this 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport is a 702-horsepower piece of Porsche/RUF lore


  • This car is the first and one of 16 wide-body CTR2 Sport.

  • The CTR2 Sport is based on the superb 993 Porsche 911 Turbo.

  • This well-used gem is expected to go for at least $700,000.


You must have heard of RUF. Any warm-blooded car enthusiast born in the last quarter of the 20th Century has seen the RUF CTR “Yellow Bird” lapping the Nürburgring Nordshleife video called Faczination with Stephan Rozer driving from 1987. Many say this was the first car video to ever go viral. In no uncertain terms, it transformed RUF into a legend. Every car RUF has ever built has been nothing short of brilliant and this especially applies to this 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport that you can now buy.

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport | Photo: RM Sotheby’s

This CTR2 started life out as an already potent 993 Porsche 911 Turbo which at the time was powered by a turbocharged 520-horsepower flat-6 cylinder engine. RUF upgraded the engine to raise its output to a 992 911 Turbo beating 702-horsepower. The new Turbo makes 640-horsepower and weighs over 3,600 lbs. The RUF CTR2 Sport tips the scale at 2,807 lbs, so it’s properly fast.

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport | Photo: RM Sotheby’s

It’s also street-legal but even so, has won the Virginia City Hill Climb setting a pair of records and has participated in the 1997 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, finishing 2nd in its category. These results were made possible not only because of the power but the body and aero made from composite materials, an Öhlins suspension, and more.

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport | Photo: RM Sotheby’s

The car is being auctioned off as you read these lines on RM Sotheby’s, and it rightfully won’t be cheap. If you’d like to know more about RUF, they recently released a video for their 80th anniversary. It’s worth the watch:

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport | Photo: RM Sotheby’s

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport | Photo: RM Sotheby’s

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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