Austrian Bike Maker KTM Unveils Road-Legal X-BOW GT-XR

Fifteen years after unveiling the one-of-a-kind X-BOW, a topless two-seater that isn't street-legal in North America, Austrian bike manufacturer KTM is introducing its first true road car.

The X-BOW GT-XR is a new variant of the X-BOW GTX that made its debut in February 2020 as a GT2-class racer for Europe. The two models share a number of competition-ready components, but the former gets extra features and amenities designed for daily driving.

The list includes air conditioning, a digital rear-view camera (since there’s no rear window), USB-C charging ports and Bluetooth connectivity. Sport bucket seats with four-point harnesses remain inside, as does the fighter jet-like canopy that tilts forward to allow access to the cockpit. The trunk is a bit larger than a Mazda MX-5’s at 160 litres, and custom-fitted luggage are available.  

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The engine, a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit that Audi uses in the TT RS and RS 3, generates 517 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, making the 1,250-kg X-BOW GT-XR an absolute missile.

By the way, KTM says it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and achieves a top speed of 280 km/h. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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What else? Oh, the carbon fibre monocoque and body panels are not the only things that benefited from aerodynamic optimization. The components of the adjustable suspension did, too. What’s more, a system called AirCurtain creates an aerodynamic ground effect that helps the car stick to the road. Vortices generated by the front spoiler and routed around the floor create a seal of air underneath the car and enhance the aerodynamic effect even further.

The KTM X-Bow GT-XR is hand-built in extremely small numbers in Graz, Austria and sold from 284,900 euros, or about $375,000 CAD, before taxes. Distribution goes through KTM retailers.

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