KTM X-Bow GT-XR debuts as a race car for the road


KTM has revealed the X-Bow GT-XR, a road-going version of the X-Bow GT2 race car, powered by Audi. That’s right, we’ll talk about the Audi part in just a minute or two, but pre-orders have commenced depending on the market. The X-Bow GT-XR carries a price tag of €284,900 excluding country-specific taxes and/or any other charges.

The X-Bow GT-XR boasts aerodynamic efficiency down to the smallest detail. From a wedge-like body shape and the sleek and streamlined front surface to aerodynamically optimized wheel suspension, a floor section designed to maximize ground effect and the rear diffuser and large rear wing, every effort has gone into achieving the maximum amount of downforce at the lowest possible drag, the company said. Also, notice that the traditional wing mirrors are replaced with cameras.

The car is mostly made of carbon fibre, as you can probably tell, which has contributed to a dry weight of 1,130 kg (2,491 lbs) despite packing a 2.5L in-line 5-cylinder lump from Audi. The carbon monocoque itself weighs just 89 kg (196 lbs). The Sachs suspension can be adjusted for ride height at both axles. A hydraulic lift system for the front axle is optionally available.


For wheels, you got a couple of options. Motorsport-derived center-lock rims measuring 20-inch on the front axle and 21-inch on the rear axle, or OZ Racing forged aluminum 5-Y-spoke rims measuring 19-inch on the front axle and 20-inch on the rear axle. Ceramic brake discs are an optional extra.

Inside, the full-carbon bucket seats can be customized using interchangeable seat pads. The steering wheel is of course, adjustable, and comes with an integrated display. The patented pedal box system can be moved forwards or backwards by 30 cm. A Bluetooth audio system comes standard, but that’s not really what you buy this car for, is it?

But anyway, the aforementioned Audi 2.5L in-line 5-cylinder TFSI engine pumps out 368 kW (500 metric hp) at 6350 rpm and 581 Nm (428.5 lb-ft) of torque at 5550 rpm, paired with a 7-speed DCT (DQ500) driving the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. KTM claims a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).

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