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Ruf CTR Yellow Bird ruffles 911 feathers

Arguably world's most famous and most yellow 911-shaped land-based missile got a rethink and we got to drive it.

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Kyle Hyatt

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The fourth generation Ruf CTR made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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While it looks like a 911 that could have been built in the early 1990s, it shares no body parts with the Porsche.

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The entire car was subtly widened by stretching the door width proportionally to the wheel arches.

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The new Yellow Bird makes 710 horsepower from a 3.6-liter, Porsche flat-six.

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The CTR is in many ways a greatest hits of Porsche design -- the rear spoiler, for example, is modeled after that of the 993 Turbo.

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Even the headlights are bespoke Ruf units, which serve to make the car familiar, yet different.

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The interior reads immediately as that of a classic air-cooled 911, but the carbon fiber tub on which the car is built lets you know something else is going on.

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The CTR we drove is the lone development prototype and it still wore its German license plates.

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The man behind the car, Alois Ruf Jr., a legend in the world of Porsche fans and an incredibly passionate car enthusiast.

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The CTR has been stretched in nearly every dimension, yet it weighs only 2,600 pounds.

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