The Geneva Motor Show is considered one of the biggest auto shows in the calendar year. So, if you’re an Austrian automaker looking to follow up and introduce the next generation model of your track sports car, you’d pick Geneva as the ideal venue to debut your new vehicle, right?
That appears to be the thinking KTM has after word has come out that they’re planning to preview the next-generation X-Bow in Geneva. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to a lot of people, especially when you consider that it’s about time a successor to the X-Bow arrived.
Plus, there have been plenty of rumors surrounding this said successor, which, by the way, is penciled in as the X-Bow GT. So with the biggest auto show on the horizon, the time seems appropriate for the folks over at KTM to finally put all the whispers at ease and bring the X-Bow GT to the forefront.
Updated 03/03/2013: KTM has revealed additional details on the X-Bow GT, including the much anticipated engine details.
Find out more about the KTM X-Bow GT after the jump
How many times have you seen four track cars put one next to the other on a public road? Pretty much never, we know, but now the folks over at BHP Project took four amazing track-focused cars on a trip to London. The cars included: the BAC Mono (280 horsepower), KTM X-Bow (300 horsepower), Ariel Atom 3 (300 horsepower) and Caterham R300 (165 horsepower).
What’s the idea behind this trip? Well, apparently they wanted to see how the three cars will handle on real roads, in stop-and-go traffic and, of course, what the people of London thought of them.
The cars were driven by their respective owners and, at the end, each of them offered feedback on how their car can be handled in one of the busiest cities in the world. Which one do you think is the best for city driving? Let us know in the comments section below.
It looks like the new GT version is just the first step into the future for the KTM X-Bow. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer, announced that in a few years the X-Bow will be offered with the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine you now see in the Audi TT-RS.
KTM is already running the first prototypes that carry 335 horsepower and it is expecting to upgrade the engine to a total of 480 horsepower - a significant upgrade over the current 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower – in the future. The engine will be combined with a new, twin-clutch gearbox.
KTM will initially test the new engine in a series of racecars, and, if the engine gets the production green light, a road-going version will follow shortly.
KTM expects to see around 100 X-Bow units sold in 2013, with the possibility to increase sales to around 200 units a year.
As reported earlier this year, the next generation KTM X-Bow will bring important changes to its design. For the first time ever, the KTM X-Bow will get doors and windscreen.
Fortunately, as we wait for this roofed version we still have the X-Bow and all it has to offer us, particularly the RR version. KTM is now reminding us just how much the X-Bow RR has to offer, as an one managed to lap the famous Nordschleife circuit in just 7:25.72 minutes. By comparison, the fastest ever lap on the Nordschleife achieved by a KTM X-Bow was 8:10 by a 240-horsepower "Club Sport" version.
"We had a lot of wind and very little grip – but we have to hold something back for next year, don’t we? I’m thrilled with the car. The Audi engine is also a stunner that offers any amount of torque. But the rest of the car is also great. The suspension works perfectly and you notice that the X-Bow is lighter than most other cars when you go into every corner. This makes twice as much sense on the technically demanding Nordschleife! In any case the lap time is amazing. I think it shows how good the X-BOW really is because the Nordschleife doesn’t allow for any random good lap times. Here it’s always very tough, whenever you’re here!" said Christopher Haase after scoring this impressive result.
No one has ever accused the KTM X-bow of being a feature-heavy luxury car. In fact, there are numerous little features that KTM completely missed. You know, things like – ummm – a roof maybe. With the X-bow being touted as more of a race car than a road car, this is pretty much acceptable, except when you’re participating in a 6-hour endurance race in the pouring rain.
That’s exactly what happened in the above video. In the middle of a 6-hour-long endurance race, where there appeared to be two KTM X-bows participating, the bottom dropped out of a pretty intense rain storm and we can only guess what the drivers were thinking as they saw the dark clouds rolling in.
That’s one of those times where you debate just retiring after every rain-soaked lap, but your dedication forces you to finish the race regardless. It’s apparent that the two X-bow drivers certainly had some drive to finish the race, as they weathered the storm – pun definitely intended – and continued through the pouring rain.
Fortunately, there was a spectator in the relatively empty stands that filmed the ordeal, so at least the drivers had some documentation to prove how dedicated to their craft they really are. The video’s not too awful exciting, but it at least lets you see that this wasn’t any little sprinkle of rain.
Check out the video and see if you would have kept going or just headed to the pits for a warm cocoa and a towel.
The KTM X-Bow is a n aggressively designed sports car geared towards being light as possible. In fact, many of the vehicle’s exterior and interior components are vacant to save weight. Well, that design may have brought out some setbacks for KTM because some customers were not too pleased with the layout. For the next generation X-Bow, the company will be adding both the doors and the windscreen previously left out of the look.
The announcement for these additions was made by Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, in an interview with Top Gear. He said that the company is currently trying to find a solution for this new layout because adding a windscreen to the car creates lots of homologation compliance issues. In order to offer the windscreen, the company also needs a heating system to de-mist it, doors to allow easier access to the cockpit, windscreen wipers, and much more.
Initially, KTM wanted to add a bubble roof, but because this would have caused even more homologation problems, they have opted for a windscreen plus a temporary ’cruising home parasol’ that can be used up to speeds of 80 mph.
The next X-Bow will even try to assault the LMP2 category at Le Mans, most likely using a five-cylinder engine under the hood, and not the current four-cylinder engine.
Monaco is pretty well known as the land of supercars, as it has arguably the highest concentration of supercars roaming its streets than any other country in the world. With all of these supercars, it makes life a little difficult for law enforcement to catch speeders. Often times, cars are simply flagged down by foot patrol officers, because Monaco officials know that chasing down a high-powered Lamborghini is fruitless.
Another thing about Monaco, which we know from the Grand Prix of Monaco, is that its roads are chock-full of crazy twists and turns, so agility may be even more important than overall speed. So what are the Monaco Police to do when they finally decide it is time for a crackdown on these crazy drivers? Well, buy one of the most lightweight and agile supercars in the world, the KTM X-Bow R by MTM, of course.
This MTM-tuned KTM X-Bow R pumps out a low-for-a-supercar 400 horsepower from its 2.0-liter engine. It makes up for this relative lack of power by being the Calista Flockhart of supercars and weighing only 1,700 lbs. To give you a better idea of how awesome this car is, it only has 4.25 lbs per horsepower, which is drastically better than that Lamborghini Aventador’s 4.96 lbs per horsepower and the Ferrari 599 GTB’s flabby 6 lbs per horsepower.
The only supercar to beat the KTM X-Bow R by MTM in weight-to-power is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, which comes in at 4.15 lbs per horsepower. Now that is some impressive company to be in.
If you still don’t believe us that the KTM X-Bow R by MTM is the car to be chasing down supercar speeders in Monaco, have a look at the video of the police testing it after the jump. That should be plenty to convince you that it is one bad-ass supercar killer.
The Race of Champions (ROC) is an international motorsport event where members of Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, sportscars, and touring cars race to the finish line in hopes of being crowned number one. The 2011 ROC marked the 24th year running of the race, held in Düsseldorf, Germany’s Esprit Arena. The event ended with Sébastien Ogier claiming his first individual ROC crown. The Nations Cup went to Team Germany’s which consisted of Formula One stars Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
Cars like the Audi R8 LMS and the KTM X-Bow were the stars of the event, and this video provides the opportunity to see some of the greatest moments from the ROC.
"I’m so happy," said Ogier in an interview with Autoweek. "It was a very nice weekend, and it was already great to be in the final at my first time. There are a lot of cars to learn here and the track as well. But I didn’t do too badly, and I pushed hard all the way. Tom is a really good driver, but to win this race is amazing."
But all that’s about to change thanks to the people over at Montenergy.
The Italian tuning firm has come up with a body kit for the KTM X-Bow called the "Stratosferica." The name alone illustrates the tuning firm’s ultimate goal; to make a Stratos from the more affordable street-homologated sports car. This transformation was achieved by putting a top on the once top-less track car and giving it the look, depending on how trained your eyes are to detail, of a Lancia Stratos.
On top of the body kit, Montenergy is also offering a performance boost for the X-Bow, one that takes the output of its Audi-sourced 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine from the standard 237 horsepower to 310 ponies. For information’s sake, that’s more powerful than the most powerful X-Bow - the 300-horsepower X-Bow R - in the market.
The whole enchilada of modifications will set you back €12,000, which is about $17,000 based on current exchange rates. Add that to the base price of $88,500 for the KTM X-Bow and the whole shebang will set you back about $105,500. Considering that, as of right now, that’s one of the only options for a brand new "Stratos-like" vehicle, the price isn’t all that steep. Even if rumors are true and a limited run of Stoschek’s new Lancia Stratos are produced - not likely, but stranger things have happened - it would cost around $545,000. That makes this tuning package for the KTM X-Bow that much better.
KTM has unleashed the most powerful X-Bow ever. The new R version will feature an Audi sourced engine from the S3, but while the engine delivers 265 HP in the S3, it has been tuned to provide 300 HP for the X-Bow R.
The X-Bow R features a considerably lower positioning and a modified mounting of the engine that will lead to even higher cornering speeds and increased driving precision. If KTM receives enough interest, they will offer two road legal and homologated packages: a “Sport” version and a “Race” package, which is optimized for track use.
The packages each include a vast number of completely new developed parts, which increase the performance of the car dramatically. Many of these parts will be also available separately in the PowerParts program, so all current KTM X-BOW owners will enjoy the benefit of the new developments.