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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.

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Better Late Than Never: KTM is FINALLY Bringing the X-Bow To America

Better Late Than Never: KTM is FINALLY Bringing the X-Bow To America

Unfortunately, you still can’t drive it on public roads

It’s been ten years since KTM launched the X-Bow, and to this day, we in the U.S. still haven’t had the chance to enjoy the track-day racer. But that’s finally about to change because, at long last, the X-Bow is coming to America. The only caveat is that the Austrian track-day roadster will only be available for track driving.

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2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 by Reiter Engineering

2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 by Reiter Engineering

Lowering costs for the 2018 season

Launched back in 2008, the X-Bow (pronounced "crossbow") is KTM’s only automobile to date. In 2015, the Austrian firm introduced the GT4, a closed cockpit version of the X-Bow built in cooperation with Reiter Engineering, one of Germany’s most important racing teams. Considered to be a pioneer vehicle of the GT4 category, the X-Bow GT4 has scored numerous victories and titles in the GT4 European Series, Pirelli World Challenge, VLN, China GT, Thailand Superseries, and Australian GT in less than four years. Come 2018 and KTM is updating the race car for the upcoming motorsport season.

While exterior changes are rather mild and the cabin carries over unchanged, save for a few new techy bits, the X-Bow GT4 boasts many new features under the skin. There is a new transmission and some new chassis components, all designed to increase performance, increase mileage, and reduce running costs. "Although we already have a GT4 vehicle that offers one of the best values for money – just take a look at the VLN where there’s no other car that runs faster lap times for less money – we want to further reduce the costs for the teams and the drivers with these updates," said Reiter Engineering boss Hans Reiter.

So what’s new for 2018? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 KTM X-Bow R

2017 KTM X-Bow R

The Austrian sports car gets its first facelift, comes to the U.S. in 2017

Launched in 2008 by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM, the X-Bow is the company’s first actual car. A competitor for the likes of Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom, the X-Bow is a lightweight, street-legal sports car that weighs less than 800 kg (1,763 pounds). It was built around a chassis developed by Dallara and uses an Audi engine to move about. The turbocharged four-cylinder is offered in three configurations, each powering a different model. The lineup includes the X-Bow R, the X-Bow RR, and the X-Bow GT. After eight years of soldiering on unchanged, the Austrian sports car received a minor facelift for the 2017 model year.

The upgrade was announced just as the 1,000th X-Bow rolled of the assembly line during a special ceremony at the company’s factory. The facelift doesn’t bring many changes to the sports car, but it’s a great way for KTM to mark an important benchmark in the X-Bow’s career. Granted, 1,000 units might not mean much to mainstream manufacturers, but it’s an important achievement for a niche vehicle.

"A success story in so many ways. This was of course a steep learning curve for us, in part due to the global economic crisis that started when the product was launched. However, after selling 1,000 cars to many delighted and enthusiastic customers, the KTM X-BOW cannot be seen as anything other than a success story – especially in purely economic terms!" said KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.

The so-called facelift also brings important news in the availability department. For the first time since its introduction, the X-Bow will be sold in North America starting in 2017, when KTM will have a subsidiary and a network of dealers in both the United States and Canada.

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Fully Built KTM X-Bows Will Soon Be Available In The U.S.

Fully Built KTM X-Bows Will Soon Be Available In The U.S.

Track car finally makes full-bodied U.S. arrival

The KTM X-Bow is now ready to make its full-body debut in the U.S. after KTM Sportcar CEO Stefan Pierer announced the company’s plan to launch shipments of the X-Bow to North America in the spring of 2017. The X-Bow has technically been available as a kit car since 2011 because it didn’t meet federal crash standards, but Pierer’s announcement is still a significant milestone for the company as it marks the first time KTM will be able to offer turn-key versions of the X-Bow, complete with all of its mechanical.

Pierer added that the base model X-Bow R will be used as the version of which U.S.-bound X-Bow models will be based on. The Austrian company also plans to create a North American subsidiary and a small exclusive dealership network to handle the track car’s introduction into a new market.

KTM is laying out these plans in anticipation of the X-Bow’s arrival and, while there is a lot of optimism that the track car will make an impression in the U.S. and Canada, the company is under no illusion that it will sell like ice cream on a hot summer day. According to Pierer, KTM expects to sell just 15 cars in the U.S. in 2017 and another 30 to 40 more in 2018 – well short of the traditional sales numbers associated to track cars of this type.

Those who have yet to buy the kit car versions of the X-Bow now have the option of skipping through the laborious task of piecing all the parts of the kit car together in favor of just buying a turn-key version. Neither Stefan Pierer nor KTM itself discussed the specific plans of the launch, but for those who have waited five long years to see a fully built X-Bow go on sale in the U.S. market, the door is now open. Don’t be too late deciding though, because from the looks of things, there aren’t that many units expected to come here.

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2016 KTM X-Bow GT By Wimmer RS

2016 KTM X-Bow GT By Wimmer RS

KTM’s all-conquering track toy tacks on more ferocity with the German tuner in the fold

Track cars like the KTM X-Bow are built for a specific purpose. Nobody’s going to use these cars for anything other than setting blistering lap times around whatever race track they find themselves in. Those who are familiar with KTM know that the Austrian company plies its trade in the motorcycle business. But in the past few years, KTM has also ventured into the world of four wheels, and no product has been as positively received as the X-Bow GT, the range-topping trim of the X-Bow lineup.

The new KTM X-Bow GT, which is being sold in Europe through German tuner Wimmer RS, is already being lined up as the next great track day toy. While it retains the looks of its predecessor, the new X-Bow GT is a different breed altogether. For starters, it has a new engine that supplies more power, thus enabling the 1,867-pound pocket rocket to be even more ferocious on the track. More ferocity equals more fun, and there’s no question that the new X-Bow GT fits the bill of a spectacular track car that can make even the most seasoned of drivers scream to the high heavens.

Since Wimmer RS is a sales partner of the KTM X-Bow GT, the German tuner usually comes up with an aftermarket program for the track car. Judging by its past tuning kits, including a recent one for the X-Bow R back in November 2015, Wimmer RS will have an action-packed kit prepared for the X-Bow GT. You can take that to the bank.

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2015 KTM X-Bow R By Wimmer RST

2015 KTM X-Bow R By Wimmer RST

As modern-day track toys go, power and weight are the two critical ingredients in building the perfect track racer. The KTM X-Bow already has the power to go with being very lightweight so by its sheer existence, it’s already fit to do some serious damage on the race track. But Wimmer RST has a better proposal. Why not add more power to the X-Bow and also make it lighter? Seems like a good idea, right?

Well, that’s exactly what the German tuner did with its new program for the X-Bow. The kit itself covers a lot of bases to help the track car improve on numerous fronts. For instance, Wimmer installed a carbon fiber aero kit to shave off precious weight off of the car. It also beefed up the racer’s suspension setup, and most importantly, it was able to squeeze out extra power out of the X-Bow’s 2.0-liter turbo four engine.

The result certainly speaks for itself. That massive rear wing on the X-Bow is both a treat to eyes and to the car’s overall performance character. It’s only fitting that Wimmer is responsible for this kit. The tuner, after all, is the German retail partner and type A dealer of KTM Sportcar GmbH. Working on the X-Bow is old hat for the Wimmer. After all, it’s already done a couple of programs for the KTM racer.

The only thing different about this version, called the X-Bow R Limited Edition, is that only three of them will be built. That’s called exclusive with a capital ’E’.

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2015 KTM X-Bow GT4

2015 KTM X-Bow GT4

Established in 1934, KTM is one of the world’s most renown motorcycle manufacturers, with products ranging from street bikes to off-road and racing two-wheelers. Recent years, however, saw KTM enter sports car manufacturing, giving the auto industry a solid competitors for the likes of the Caterham Seven. Thus the X-Bow was born, an ultra-light vehicle with a turbocharged Audi engine mounted behind its seats. Weighing less than 1,800 pounds, the X-Bow spawned many iterations and even a couple of race cars, including an FIA-homologated GT4 track car. In 2015, seven years since its inception, the X-Bow enters a new era as KTM, together with Reiter Engineering, is developing a new racer that will be available to customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Unlike its GT4-spec predecessor, the still-unnamed race car features a closed cockpit and a conventional hood atop its mid-mounted engine. The track-exclusive machine remains recognizable as an X-Bow when viewed from the front, but the concept is entirely different from what we’ve seen from KTM in the past. Details are still scarce as of 12/18/2014, with only a few specs and teaser photos revealing some of the styling. However, KTM did announce the race car is being developed in conjunction with Reiter Engineering, and that’s pretty big news.

If you’re not familiar with the racing scene, Reiter Engineering is responsible for the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 and the Murcielago GT1 race car, among other vehicles. The German team even went so far as to create a GT3 version of the Chevrolet Camaro. Reiter is also one of the very few racing crews to develop a track version of the Lamborghini Diablo. Need I say more? I do actually, because Reiter Engineering is also the company responsible for the KTM X-Bow GT4, which won the Supersport category for lighter cars against competition from Donkervoort and Lotus.

Updated 02/11/2015: KTM revealed the first official image of its new X-Bow GT4 and announced the model will be put on sale in April at a price of €139,000 - or about $157,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Turn 10 Just Secretly Revealed New Forza Horizon 2 Cars in New Trailer

Turn 10 Just Secretly Revealed New Forza Horizon 2 Cars in New Trailer

Microsoft had its big Gamescom conference today and announced some really cool stuff for its Forza series. The first piece of big news was the announcement of a new car pack that featured the Rolls Royce Wraith, and the second was some new and exciting footage for Forza Horizon 2. While watching the video however, I discovered a few things. New cars to be exact, and none of them have been officially announced yet.

Did they try to sneak one under our noses here?

The cars in questions are the Local Motors Rally Fighter and the KTM X-Bow. The Rally fighter is seen in two sequences in the distance as the player chases it. It can be slightly hard to make out, but it is very obviously the Rally Fighter. The scene we have captured here also looks as though the Bowler EXR S will be included as well.

The "driver’s" car in this shot of the Rally FIghter looks like a Range Rover sport, but it also bears a striking resemblance to the modified Bowler as well. I can’t tell definitively form this shot, but I am 90-percent sure we are looking at a Bowler.

The KTM was more prominently on display, but only if you know what to look for. There is an off-road scene that is being raced from the cockpit point of view. The open chassis car could be mistaken for the already announced Ariel Atom, but anyone who knows the X-Bow will recognize those fenders. You can see screenshots of both cars, comparison photos to their real life counterparts, and the entire video above.

We have reached out to Turn 10 and will update with their response.

Let me know your thoughts on all this in the comments below.

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2014 KTM X-BOW GT by Wimmer RS

2014 KTM X-BOW GT by Wimmer RS

With its 285 horsepower offered from the factory, the KTM X-Bow GT is considered by most experts as one of the coolest variants of the X-Bow lineup. But lets face it, 285 ponies is not a number that really quickens the pulse, so it was time for some major improvement.

This is where German tuner Wimmer RS came into and released a flat-out stunning upgrade kit for the KTM X-Bow GT. The tuner decided that the car’s 2.0-liter, TSFI four-engine needed some serious improvements, and it stepped up to the plate with a list of upgrades that turned the Xbow GT into a lightweight supercar killer.

The updates include a especially designed turbocharger, a new sports exhaust system with a 100-cell sports cat with Y-pipe, a high-pressure fuel pump, a pre-feed fuel pump, a sportive suction system and a special water pump to keep things cool. Rounding out the mods its the required ECU to keep it all working flawlessly.

With this laundry list of updates installed, the GTs’ output is now 435 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 368 pound-feet of torque at 2.860 rpm. As a result, the GT now hits a top speed of 153 mph, sprints to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, and launches to 120 mph in just 11.7 seconds.

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2014 KTM X-Bow GT

2014 KTM X-Bow GT

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

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Video: Mono, X-Bow, Atom and R300 go to London

Video: Mono, X-Bow, Atom and R300 go to London

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.

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KTM X-Bow Will Soon Get a New Five-Cylinder Engine

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.

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KTM X-BOW RR laps Nordschleife in 7:25

KTM X-BOW RR laps Nordschleife in 7:25

As reported earlier this year, the next generation KTM X-Bow will bringimportant 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 theRR 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.

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KTM X-bow Plus an Endurance Race and Rain Storm Equals a Wet Driver

KTM X-bow Plus an Endurance Race and Rain Storm Equals a Wet Driver

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.

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Design Flaw Corrected: Next Generation KTM X-Bow will add windscreen and doors

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.

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2012 KTM X-Bow R Police Cruiser by MTM

2012 KTM X-Bow R Police Cruiser by MTM

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.

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Video: Race Of Champions 2011 highlights

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."

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2011 KTM X-Bow "Stratosferica" by Montenergy

2011 KTM X-Bow "Stratosferica" by Montenergy

Unless you’re Michael Stoschek and have a Ferrari F430 Scuderia turned Lancia Stratos to play in, chances are you won’t be able to ride in a brand new Lancia Stratos for anything short of an arm and leg.

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.

Videos of the car can be found after the jump

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2011 KTM X-Bow R

2011 KTM X-Bow R

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.

More details on the KTM X-Bow R after the jump.

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Abarth in talks with KTM to produce special edition X-Bow

Abarth in talks with KTM to produce special edition X-Bow

In the auto industry, the phrase ‘never say never’ rings true like Sunday morning gospel. Even if the whole situation seems unlikely, it still doesn’t mean that slim chances won’t ever happen.

Take this reported new partnership for example. Whispers are getting louder in the auto circles of a potential project that would involve two brands joining forces: Fiat’s in-house tuning firm, Abarth and the Austrian brand KTM.

From what we’ve heard, the reported tie-up between the two companies will center on a particular car that will be released in 2013. No details were mentioned on what kind of car it actually is, but it was mentioned that it could be something along the likes of an Audi-powered mid-engined two-seater that uses a rolling chassis, similar to what is found in the current X-Bow. Abarth is reportedly also working on putting in a new 1.8-liter version of Fiat’s MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine that’s capable of producing power in excess of 200 horsepower. The Italian tuning house is likewise expected to add some new features, including a unique bodyshell that will be built around the X-Bow’s current carbon fiber monocoque platform. This would make it, at the very least, a little more user-friendly and usable as a standard road car.

The expected price tag on the car is somewhere around £42,000 – £50,000 ($67,000 - $75,000) and it could hit the streets as soon as 2013.

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KTM prepares X-Bow R and X-Bow T

KTM prepares X-Bow R and X-Bow T

The KTM X-Bow made history ever since 2007 when it was officially unveiled. The X-Bow is powered by a Audi TFSI engine that develops 220 hp. The performance values of the KTM X-Bow outstrip those of super-sport cars with more than twice the power. With a deadweight of approx. 700 kilos, the KTM X-Bow accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.9 sec. It can hit a top speed of 135 mph.

But this was just the beginning; KTM is preparing two new versions for the X-Bow. Both R and T are characterized by important changes from base. The first one, the X-Bow T will go on sale next year and will have the same small engine as in the original. It will develop a total of 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

The second one, the R version, will go on sale in 2012. KTM revealed nothing about this version, but it is known that it will feature a new windshield to divert air over the cockpit.

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2010 KTM X-Bow GT4

2010 KTM X-Bow GT4

The Austrian based two wheeled off road racing specialists at KTM are making a play to become more competitive on the track with all four wheels gripping the tarmac when it unleashes the open air lightweight X-BOW GT4 race car into the category for the 2010 racing season. The new X-BOW GT4 has just finished its first round of on track action where the test session turned into an all out competition this past weekend at the 2009 British GT championship with driver Reinhard Kofler behind the wheel.

After sweeping the first three places in the final round of the GT4 European Cup at Nogaro, the sports car builder decided to upgrade the KTM X-BOW so that it could step out of the restricted Super Sport category and begin competing with the big boys, something that was shown when Mr. Kofler qualified just .45 seconds behind the larger and more powerful MTECH GT3 spec Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The X-BOW GT4 is powered by a 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder Audi engine and features a few improved aerodynamic pieces as well as a new cooling system to go along with the new chassis.

KTM’s U.K. manager, Jeff Lau said that
"While we have enjoyed success in the Supersport class, it’s not been as popular as the British or European organizers had anticipated. KTM in Austria therefore took the decision to develop a full GT4-specification X-BOW for the 2010 season. The objective for KTM is to position X-Bow as the leading contender in British and European GT4 racing next year, while also being cost-effective," targeting entry level GT racing teams for next season.

Press release after the jump.

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KTM temporarily stops production of the X-Bow

KTM temporarily stops production of the X-Bow

KTM has long been one of the premier motorcycle brands in Europe and with their success, it seemed like venturing into producing vehicles of the four-wheeled persuasion would be seamless.

Their first offering, the X-Bow track car was supposed to be the car that would put KTM on the map as an up-and-coming car manufacturer. And while the car is a must-have by all accounts, the global financial crisis has proven to be a much stiffer opponent than any of them ever considered.

After a promising start that compelled KTM to double their production – from 500 cars to 1000 - because of high interest at the car. But with the economy taking a surprising nose dive, all those who showed previous interest suddenly didn’t have the money – or was being thriftier – to pay for it.

As a result of the supply far outstripping the demand for the car, KTM has only sold 80 of the said X-Bow’s, which has forced the company to cease production until they sell off the remaining cars sitting idly at their factory in Graz, Austria.

It’s an auspicious debut for KTM’s venture into the four-wheeled market; even more bittersweet considering the car held such high promise before the economy had to ruin everything.

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2010 KTM X-Bow by ABT

2010 KTM X-Bow by ABT

When your 240 HP light weight sports car is not enough, take it to ABT Sportsline and they will make it even more powerful! This is the case with the KTM X-BOW that is powered by an Audi sourced 2.0 Liter TSI four cylinder engine. The tuner is offering an upgrade package that will increase the car’s out put all the way up to 300 HP. With all this power, the X-BOW can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds – compared to 3.9 seconds in the 240 HP version, all for only £5,300.

Press release after the jump.

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KTM X-Bow crashed

KTM X-Bow crashed

It has been a while since Top Speed has reported anything about the KTM X-Bow, open air sports car with room for two. Unfortunately, the X-Bow that we are talking about today met its match when the driver took a curve too fast, dropping one wheel onto the grass and then subsequently lost control. The X-Bow went end over end three times before coming to rest with the shiny side up, albeit a little dirty.

The KTM X-Bow has a niche carved out for itself amongst speed junkies and lightweight performance driving enthusiasts. Similar to other minimalist sports cars like the Caterham and Ariel Atom, the X-Bow gets its appeal by being a stripped down racer offering an extremely favorable power to weight ratio and a wind in your face, formula type experience.

Now, modern passenger cars are loaded with safety features that rob gas mileage and ruin a vehicle’s nimble nature all in the name of saving lives. So when we look at lightweight roadsters like the KTM X-Bow, we have to wonder just how safe these fun to drive vehicles really are. Thankfully, the pilot who shot his X-Bow off the beaten path and then conducted some aerial acrobatics was able to walk away from the incident, although we can’t say the same about the car.

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2009 KTM X-Bow ROC

2009 KTM X-Bow ROC

Not many people consider the KTM X-Bow an overweight car, but since KTM has a history in making motorcycles, it felt the spartan car could go on a diet. In honor of the Race of Champions where the X-Bow premiered, KTM has unveiled a limited edition ROC edition.

What makes this car special special is the lightweight all-carbon body, sports exhaust, lightweight alloy wheels, adjustable sports suspension, and a removable multi-function steering wheel. The 2.0-liter Audi-sourced engine making 236 hp remains the same.

The X-Bow ROC costs €69,980 (or $88,200 at the current rates), which represents a €20,000 premium over the base X-Bow. Although the extra cash doesn’t buy more power, it does buy exclusiveness. The ROC will be limited to 30 units.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 KTM X-BOW Superlight

2009 KTM X-BOW Superlight

The second special edition (next to the ROC) revealed by KTM at the Geneva Motor Show is the X-BOW Superlight. As the name says, for this special edition KTM focused on reducing the car’s weight. This was possible mainly because of the chassis made completely of carbon fibre. The X-Bow Superlight will be priced at 79,980 Euro (or a bit over $100.000 at the current rates).

The X-Bow Superlight features a radical construction, without a roof or windscreen, and the omission of air-conditioning and an entertainment system. All this decisions were taken for only one purpose: weight reduction.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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Tuner ABT is powering up the KTM X-Bow

Tuner ABT is powering up the KTM X-Bow

Austrian motorbike manufacturer KTM and German tuners ABT Sportsline are now working together to improve the already impressive X-Bow (pronounced crossbow) by becoming a retailer for the lightweight car — including adding performance upgrades. The X-BOW is a carbon fiber clad, lightweight, open air roadster powered by a Volkswagen 2.0 liter TFSI engine producing 240 HP and is capable of accelerating the 790 Kg vehicle from 0-60 MPH (0-100 Km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

An upgraded version from ABT Sportsline is projected to generate 300 HP from the VW four cylinder giving the X-BOW a more favorable power to weight ratio. This would mean that every horsepower will have to move only 5.8 pounds of X-BOW.

The KTM X-BOW blends race car performance with a motorcycle like driving experience, and now that ABT have gotten their hands on a few models stay off the Autobahn for fear of embarrassment.

Press release after the jump.

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KTM X-Bow by MTM

KTM X-Bow by MTM

The KTM X-Bow is the kind of car we love. It’s an engine, a seat, four wheels and a few bolts to keep the whole thing together. Now tuner MTM is giving us something to make our smiles even wider, more power. Its boosting the power from the Audi-sourced 2.0 four cylinder engine from 237 hp to 380 hp. MTM didn’t release 0 to 60 times, but with the sixty percent power improvement, we bet there will be some serious time shaved off the standard X-Bow’s 3.7 second time.

This boosted X-Bow is well above the supercharged Ariel Atom’s 300 hp, so now it may be the king of the hill of spartan sports cars. But this may not last long, a 500 hp Atom rumored to be in development.

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KTM X-Bow gets winter package

KTM X-Bow gets winter package

When the KTM X-Bow gets a winter package some would think that would mean maybe a roof, hopefully a heater, or maybe even a full windshield to keep the snow and muck away from the driver — wussies. If you want to take the wind-in-your-shorts X-Bow to snow country, KTM is offering snow tires and a big jacket.

The winter package includes Pirelli Sottozero snow tires and snow chains to grip the winter weather, and advanced clothing by Schöffel and a helmet by Schuberth to keep hypothermia at bay. The full winter set (helmet, jacket and pants) is priced at €950 (about $1300 at the current rates).

Press release after the jump.

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KTM X-Bow GT4 Race Car

KTM X-Bow GT4 Race Car

KTM revealed today the racing version of its X-Bow sports car; the X-Bow GT4 Race car is a a fully FIA homologated GT4 Sports Light racing car. that features more than 30 changes compared to the standard version.

Among other this changes includes: racing dampers, brake pads, catalytic converter and tires; carbon fibre windscreen extension; racing airbox design, extended rear bumper and many, many more.

The X-Bow Race car is powered by the Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine that delivers 240 hp. This will help the car to make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3,9 seconds and hit a top speed of 137 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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X-Bow crash at the Nurburgring

X-Bow crash at the Nurburgring

Once again we go back to the ’more money than brains (or possibly skills) file’ as the owner of a new lightweight KTM X-Bow runs out of track. It seems the driver took the car to the Nurburgring in Germany to possibly confirm the petite car’s 137 mph top speed. Instead he got a lesson in g-forces and gravity as the car used its 237 hp to send it over the track and on top of the guardrail.

The X-Bow is known for its exceptional handling, but it is truly amazing when the car can even balance itself on a rail. The car didn’t last there for too long before sliding on two wheels and stopping on the track’s infield.

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KTM X-Bow on its way to USA

KTM X-Bow on its way to USA

After receiving more than 600 orders from its customers, KTM has decided to bring the X-Bow to the US market. The company said is doing ’whatever is possible to bring the car to the U.S.’

The X-Bow is powered by an Audi engine that delivers 240 hp and will be sold as a street-legal automobile, despite earlier claims that it would remain a track-day only car. Production began in June and 500 cars are expected to be delivered to European customers by the end of the year.

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KTM will bring more powerful X-BOW at the Geneva Show

KTM will bring more powerful X-BOW at the Geneva Show

AutoCar reported in their latest issue that KTM is working on a more powerful version of the X-BOW and the official launch will be made in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Under the hood of the new version, KTM will place a modified version of Audi’s 2.0-liter FSI engine, an engine that has produced as much as 261 horsepower in the S3.

Also the new model will get the option of a full-height windshield and a removable roof.

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KTM X-BOW wins its debut race

KTM X-BOW wins its debut race

The KTM X-Bow celebrated its racing debut in the GT4 European Cup at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. The car’s performance exceeded all expectations, claiming two class victories and excellent overall placings.

Both cars, which are run by the German team Reiter Engineering, completed practice, qualifying and two races without any technical problems – confirming that the KTM X-Bow really is ‘Ready to Race’. Entry into the GT4 racing series has been used as the last acid test for the car, shortly before the series production begins this Summer.

The performance of the KTM X-Bow on the track surprised even the most optimistic among the Reiter team, with the cars finishing ahead of more established, and more powerful opposition. This was despite running on treaded tyres, with added ballast and an increased ride height, at the instruction of GT4 race officials to equalise the performance of the field.

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KTM X-Bow to debut at the FIA GT4 European Cup

KTM X-Bow to debut at the FIA GT4 European Cup

KTM announced that two X-Bow track cars will entry in this year’s FIA GT4 European Cup. Competing in the newly-created ‘Sport Lights’ class, the cars will be prepared and raced by German-based motor racing specialists Reiter Engineering, which has operated successful Lamborghini racing teams in the FIA GT1, GT2 and GT3.

The decision by KTM to place the racing premiere of X-Bow in the hands of Reiter, rather than enter the championship under a factory-run operation, was taken to allow KTM to use the GT4 entry as a pilot project to ‘drive’ development of future customer motor sport applications as well as the production model.

Italian Loris Bicocchi, who will be one of two drivers competing in the Reiter team, has been heavily involved in the development of the KTM X-Bow from the outset as test driver and played an important role in the chassis tuning of the vehicle. Biccochi’s former motor sport experience has included the testing, development and racing of many of the world’s most prestigious supercars – including the Koenigsegg CCR.

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KTM X-Bow Dallara edition to be unveiled in Geneva

KTM X-Bow Dallara edition to be unveiled in Geneva

KTM will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the production version of the X-Bow. The car will be a completely black, fully carbon-equipped X-Bow Dallara edition – one of just 100 being made – and features a long list of extras, including carbon-fibre body panels, a limited slip differential, a removable steering wheel and a racing chassis tuned by Italian sports car specialists Dallara.

A plaque with a unique serial number and special graphics mark out the limited-run Dallara X-Bow cars, which are sure to become coveted collectors’ items.

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KTM X-Bow to Make UK Debut

KTM X-Bow to Make UK Debut

KTM Powersports AG has confirmed that its stunning new X-Bow sportscar will be exhibited at the Autosport International Racing Car Show starting on 10 January.

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KTM X-Bow production announced for 2008

KTM X-Bow production announced for 2008

The extremely positive reactions to the world premiere of the KTM X-Bow at the Geneva Motor Show gave the green light: the Upper Austrian company will produce its lightweight sports car in series. KTM’s partner for this production should be Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria – a partner with a long tradition and considerable experience in automobile manufacturing. A corresponding letter of intent has already been signed.
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KTM X-Bow

KTM X-Bow

An aggressive design and sporty potential: the X-Bow is not merely a milestone in the KTM brand’s more than 50-year history, its also a new citation in the small, but elite segment of radical, lightweight sports cars. This exceptional position is the result of the concept: for their first car, KTM employs the finest materials, high-tech and the know-how of respected development partners such as Audi and Dallara. The result is a street-homologated sports car with racing technology, like an avantgarde, carbon fibre monocoque. Thanks to the basic version’s light weight and the 162 kW (220 hp) Audi TFSI engine, the performance values of the KTM X-Bow outstrip those of super-sport cars with more than twice the power: with a deadweight of approx. 700 kilos, the KTM X-Bow accelerates to 100 km/h in just 3.9 sec.

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