PHOTO GALLERY: Almost Real RUF CTR Anniversary 2017 •

PHOTO GALLERY: Almost Real RUF CTR Anniversary 2017

The RUF CTR Anniversary 2017 is a true performance machine. Under the hood, it boasts a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers jaw-dropping power and acceleration. The car’s aerodynamic bodywork and sleek lines not only enhance its visual appeal but also contribute to its impressive speed and handling. RUF’s attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this vehicle, from its meticulously crafted interior to its state-of-the-art suspension system. The RUF CTR Anniversary is a testament to RUF’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering and delivering unparalleled driving experiences to enthusiasts around the world.

As for the model, we consider it the cherry of the bunch!  Another stellar example from Almost Real at their mid-level price.  From an in-depth review read the article by Scenic.  It truly goes into all the details for the standard edition. The Almost Real RUF CTR Anniversary is much the same, what significant exterior elements differ comes down to the large rear upper fender intakes – at first glance, you might assume the Anniverray car is wider, but it is not. In addition, a larger rear tail completes the exterior difference. Open the bonnet the motor cosmetics are quite different too – distinct intake and fan shroud colour for one…

Interior-wise, both offerings from Almost Real mirror each other with the exception of the interior colours.  Though the original 1:1 interior does show the centre console seems wider and provides three buttons directly in front of the shifter, the Almost Real replica is missing this detail.  Now, I’m not stating Almost Real version is not accurate, more research is possible here!

Another tidbit, I also have the Spark RUF CTR Anniversary in 1:18 and there are many notable differences between these two, but I consider the Spark was commissioned on the pre-production R&D spec.  Please correct me if I’m wrong here folks…  You can read the article from September 2019 HERE!

In short, the Almost Real RUF CTR Anniversary model does hit the mark.  It’s not perfect, however, the pros do out weight the cons…  Exterior excellence in painting and capturing the updates from the standard car is completed skillfully, though a possible hi-cup on the interior side requires a little more research. I love this path of premier tuner cars Almost Real is taking, hopefully, this will lead to other replicas from RUF, the original Yellow Bird in full opening option is a must!  And the likes of Singer and Gunther Werks are options that are drool-worthy.  Enjoy the pics!


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20 Responses to "PHOTO GALLERY: Almost Real RUF CTR Anniversary 2017"

  1. Wes says:

    Got this one as well as a mint SCR, and I’m glad there is no ugly overly yellow kevlar decal in the engine bay. I do wish they’d gone with different wheels to set the CTR apart from the SCR, but oh well. Still looks great

  2. Andrew says:

    Wrong wheels make it a pass from me. Should have been a solid flat 5 spoke. I have a feeling they may do another run with corrected wheels if you wait it out as this is a silly miss on AR behalf

  3. Atalante says:

    I have this yellow CTR Anniversary coming to complement my SCR in “signature Ruf” green. Two epic models, well done Almost Real!

  4. YT says:

    The issue I have with these is that these are not diecast. Yes, I know that AutoArt and Almost Real call their ABS plastic models “diecast”, which would typically refer to something cast via a die, but then any resin-cast is “diecast” as well as any platuc kids toy cast in China costing a dozen pennies. Traditionally, until Autoart started to abuse the term, “diecast” in model-making referred to zamac (zinc) alloy cast. Which this model (and most Almost Real models, as well as all current Autoart models) are not. Autoart made a proverbial good face at bad game, stating that switching to ABS was benefiting general veracity of models by addressing complains with inevitable paint rush that took years to manifest but would manifest nontheless due to air-entrapping properties of Zamac alloy. What they did not accent was how much cheaper ABS was, and that they could not keep making proper zamac diecast models within their established price range and keept the price from escalating. Model makers like CMC and BBR can still make Zamac models feasibly because of their higher price. Anyways, this Almost real model is not bad, it looks great but it totally lacks any tactility like any plastic Autoart model, just feels cheap and toy-like at hand! An old adage states that everything is known in comparison, and placing this models on a shelf full of CMC exposes its inadequacy, while for Autoart collectors or resin-cast collectors it will fit right in! Cheers!

    • DS Team says:

      Question. Do you buy any models from any brands?

      I don’t believe AR has moved to composite like AA has… Yes, there are elements in plastic or composite on the AR release, for example, the rear spoiler. But many companies incorporate plastic elements.

      • YT says:

        Firstly, yes, I just counted my models as your question made me curious about these statistics: I own 49 models, of which 19 are CMC, 7 are EXOTO XS series, 3 are BBR (all metal diecast), 8 are Autoart (also, all metal diecast from when Autoart was making metal diecast), 5 GMP (all Ferrari, metal diecast), 3 Kyosho, 1 Hot Wheels Elite, 3 Almost Real models, of which one is the recent RUF SCR. Which is a sister-model to CTR, so I actually know what I am talking about in this instance. I also own Almost Real model of a Range Rover, and that is indeed a proper zamac diecast model, and yes, most zamac models have plastic elements in them, frequently opening doors and hood, sometimes roof as well. BUT with these new RUF models, well, for all I know these could have been easily made by Autoart, and, if you disagree and happen to know which part of its exterior body panels is made of zamac metal, please, do not hesitate to let me know! Yes, it’s front hood and back hatch are plastic; its front wings are plastic, its doors are plastic, and upon inspection it looks like the roof and back hunches are also plastic! The rims are plastic, and so are the bumpers. It’s a very light weight model, which in itself is telling and a good hint at what this model is made of. Place this one next to a metal diecast model of a racing Porsche by Exoto, which, by the way, used to retail for the same price several years ago, and you would know immediately which one is metal and which one is plastic. Of course, the real RUF is carbon-fiber, so there might be an argument made that there should be no metal in its body panels to start with, which is the reason I still own the model, but it is also the most toy-like and worst-feeling model at hand that I own, and I guess for anyone interested not only in visual appearances but in tactile qualities and actual car design (as there is much more to car design than mere styling, and only opening diecast can actually capture design logic, as it is good to open a hood and understand that a bump on it is done because of a turbocharger intake underneath it and not just as some styling exercise…) Cheers!

        • DS Team says:

          Glad you re-connected with your collection!

          What the hobby once was is not what the hobby is today… You continue to hash elements of the past. Is that to say collecting is not viable in 2023? No, it sure costs a lot more and in many examples similar value just isn’t there.

          In the example of the latest RUF products from AR, we were not aware they moved to plastics or composite, but there will be an email sent to their team for further definition.

          As for the model, plastic or metal, it still provides value, well at least for me and hopefully others who purchased one. Is the tactical free of moving parts as good as the latest Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta by BBR (just received), hell no. In comparison to AUTOart, the AR model is superior (tactical side), again this is my opinion.

          It definitely seems you are at a crossroads with the hobby, and likely a basis for anything not “metal”. That is fine. Definitely okay. If AR replies to our email their response will be posted here.

          • YT says:

            Thank you for engaging. Indeed, I stopped buying Autoart when they went ABS, and buy the rare only metal BBR’s. EXOTO has been effectively defunct, with Tony seemjngly still tryimg to sell off his years old stock (for anyone interested in Exoto, I’d recommend to ignore the silly asking price on Tony’s website, as he has “sales” on average every two-three weeks when he lowers his prices to reasonable range of $200-$500, depending on the model, which is on-par with CMC, while EXOTO XS series are certainly superior to any CMC, and likely best-engineered factory-made models ever created.)
            Anyways, I am glad that CMC still manages to create proper diecast models like the recent Ferrari 275 and Alfa P3, and RUF was likely the last Almost Real model that I bought. To each their own, of course! Cheers!

            • DS Team says:

              AR did reply to our email request on the definition of material. As per their lead, these are diecast/metal models. The exact quote from the team provided:

              “We only made diecast, the main material must be metal.”

  5. Al Tan says:

    I noticed that with the latest released of the silver CTR; they updated some details. Most notable are the engine decals; which are missing from the yellow one. I didn’t see any other differences, though. I’m waiting for mine to be delivered.

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