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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.

  • 2011 KTM X-Bow R
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    295 at 3,300 rpm
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    2000 L
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Exterior and Interior

2011 KTM X-Bow R High Resolution Exterior
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Next to the impressive engine under the hood, the X-Bow R will be distinguished by a carbon fiber racing monocoque with a crash box in visible carbon fiber, smooth surface racing underbody with a rear diffuser in aluminum composite, individually adjustable pedals as well as adjustable and removable multi functional steering wheel, painted rims, 4-point safety belts, and special paint work in the “R” design.


2011 KTM X-Bow R High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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For the engine, KTM has chosen one of the most efficient and powerful engines with a 2.0 liter displacement. The engine delivers a total of 300 HP and a peak torque of 295 lbs-ft of torque at 3,300 revs.

The push rod suspension on the front axle, which comes directly from the Formula racing sport, and the suspension on the rear axle have both been revised. The KTM X-BOW R is characterized by an additional increase in handling, even more extremely exact and delicate than up to this stage of the development.


2011 KTM X-Bow R High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Just recently, the KTM X-Bow has officially received its pricing details for the US, giving us an idea just how much money we’re going to have to part with to be able to bring one of these bad boys home. The base "Street" model of the X-Bow is now being sold for an eye-popping $88,500. Other versions of the X-Bow include the "Clubsport" edition that fetches $103,500, the Superlight Edition that’s priced at $134,000, and the cream-of-the-crop GT4 Edition, which comes with a staggering $139,000. Not exactly chump change, is it?

In Europe, the KTM X-Bow R is priced at 58,795 euro, or about $83,800 at the current exchange rates.


2011 KTM X-Bow R High Resolution Exterior
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The main competitor for the KTM X-Bow R is still the Ariel Atom. For the R version, Ariel has prepared the V8 500 which is powered by a V8 engine that delivers 500HP and 284 lb-ft of torque at 7750RPM. The model will sprint from zero to 60mph in 2.3 seconds, making this the fastest accelerating production car on the planet, on its way to a true 168mph.

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  (463) posted on 10.10.2011

I like the customization they made here, the colors and accessories with all the curves and corner style fits really good to the car.

  (484) posted on 08.18.2011

That is the main reason why the information of this car is published for us to compare and know what car is more reliable. BY the way, the face of the car looks like the dragon during Chinese’s new year. HAHA!

  (317) posted on 08.1.2011

The competition will be between this car and the Ariel Atom. They have both unique styling and almost have the same performance. The competition will be tight, but I’d rather choose the Atom, since we know its reliability than this.

  (197) posted on 07.29.2011

I wonder on what car does the Caterham have to compete with this vehicle? I haven’t heard any upgraded version for this production vehicle.

  (526) posted on 07.29.2011

The racing- bred sportscar is not that popular for I have seen few car manufacturer producing this version. Well, I would say that the engine performance of the car is quite impressive plus it has an amazing styling.

  (506) posted on 05.25.2011

Yeah, you’re right. The X-Bow definitely has a lot of power inside that small engine there. It really would be a remarkable car in its own right.

  (530) posted on 05.24.2011

Come to think of it, the X-Bow actually does have its own merits. For one, it really has good handling, and the engine also puts out a good amount of power. So it is really at par with the Atom.

  (528) posted on 05.24.2011

Hmm, if that’s the case, then I would probably place my bets on the Atom. I have seen the car run several times before, and I could say that it is really fast.

  (474) posted on 05.23.2011

Well, it would really be a good thing to see both the X-Bow and the Atom go head to head against each other. There, we will definitely see which one is the better racer.\

  (727) posted on 05.23.2011

Wow, the car actually looks much better now than compared to the first time that I saw it. The black paint job really looks nice and makes the X-Bow look more aggressive.

  (458) posted on 05.23.2011

Yeah, I guess the Atom really needs to released this V8 500 that they are talking about. Talking about sportiness, the KTM has it but for the engine performance..Well, let’s give the number one slot for the Atom!

  (807) posted on 05.23.2011

I like the sportiness of this version compare with its previous release. And its
great that the engine performs well. However,it seems that Ariel Atom needs to built a car
that can compete with this and I think it would be more exciting.

  (406) posted on 03.9.2011

Well, I would definitely be willing to part away with that amount of cash (if only I have it) just to get this ride. It would really be great to cruise around the city with this.

  (445) posted on 03.9.2011

This is definitely going to be another great option for those looking for racers. However, if they do get this one into production, it will likely face stiff competition from the Ariel Atom.

  (498) posted on 03.9.2011

I bet Ariel Atom will eat this for breakfast. Its 200 kg lighter than a supercar not to mention the performance of the supercharged Type R!

  (410) posted on 03.7.2011

Well, this one would definitely be great for weekend laps around the track. And at 300 bhp, the numbers on this one is rather impressive. Hope they produce a street legal version.

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