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
One of the biggest thrill factors of the KTM X-Bow was that it was designed with power and speed in mind, even if it came at the expense of somehow curtailing its overall comfort. KTM sought to remedy that by adding two critical elements to any car into the X-Bow’s overall design package. It has been rumored since the middle of last year that the new X-Bow, which could take the name of X-Bow GT, will be built on a carbon fiber monocoque body with a windscreen and two doors added to its overall look – first production X-Bow to feature doors and a windscreen.
The X-bow’s underbody features a completely flat surface that allows air to slip under the car without creating any drag. Also helping is the massive downforce that the X-Bow GT’s body work creates, which totals 200 kg (440 pounds) at 200 km/h (124.3 mph).
With this new body, the X-Bow will undoubtedly pack a few more pounds, but if it was to account for customer feedback, it’s weight that appears to be worth adding.KTM X-Bow GT
|Length x Width x Height||3,738 x 1,915 x 1,202 mm (147.1 x 75.4 x 47.3inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,430 mm (95.6 inches)|
|Turning radius||10.8 m (35.4 feet)|
|Height of center of gravity||390 mm (15.35 inches|
|Fuel tank capacity||40 l (10.56 gallons)|
|Weight excl. fuel||847 kg (1,867 pounds)|
|Aerodynamic downforce @ 100 km/h (62 mph)||25 kg (55.11 pounds)|
|Aerodynamic downforce @ 200 km/h (124 mph)||100 kg (220 pounds)|
|Static weight distribution (front / rear)||38:62|
Powering this lightweight machine is a 2.0-liter TSFI four-banger that produces 281 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 309 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. This tiny powerhouse sips only 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (28.33 mpg) and emits only 189 grams of CO2 per km.
Thanks to its super-low weight, this small engine can propel the X-Bow to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.1 seconds and to a top speed of 231 km/h (143.5 mph). The sprint to 60 is downright impressive, but that top speed certainly needs a little work. Then again, we’re talking about a track monster, not a drag racer and top-speed machine.
|Performance||210 kW (281 horsepower) @ 6,400 rpm|
|Maximum torque||420 Nm (309 pound-feet) @ 3,200 rpm|
|Fuel consumption||8.3 l/100 km (28.33 mpg)|
KTM hasn’t released the pricing yet, but you can surmise that with the existing model line possessing a base price of $88,500 for the Street model, expect the new X-Bow, with roof and doors installed, to retail for a little higher than that. Will it hit $100,000, though? As far as we’re concerned, we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
2013 Caterham R600 Superlight
The Superlight R600 features a 275-horsepower, 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that travels through a six-speed gearbox. Unfortunately, Caterham hasn’t revealed just how “Superlight” the R600 really is, so it is hard to say if its performance is on par with the X-Bow GT, but with a £44,995 ($72,477 at the current exchange rates) price, we at least know it will likely be cheaper.
gallery: Caterham Superlight R600
Despite its funky looking window setup, the X-Bow GT is still a sick machine. A lightning-fast 0-to-60 time, super handling and a look that plays the part, you just can’t go wrong. We’ll get back to you with some of the unknown information as soon as possible.
Possible new powertrain
Still a beast
Added weight could slow down its performance numbers
When will we see it?
The new glass looks kind of awkward on it