KTM X-Bow R – 2016
The KTM X-Bow (pronounced crossbow) is an ultra-light sports car for road and race use, produced by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. It is the first car in their product range. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. The KTM X-Bow R supplies technical solutions from the racing world. The design of the ingenious aerodynamics – developed by KTM Technologies in cooperation with Dallara – is particularly impressive. Almost 200 kg of downforce are generated at 200 km/h thanks to the front splitter, underbody and rear diffuser. Depending on the tyres, up to 2.0 G of lateral acceleration is possible – more than with any other street-legal production vehicle.
This time the X-Bow R brings an updated version of the Audi 2.0-litre four-cylinder. It’s the turbocharged TFSI engine, boosted to 296bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than in the donor Audi S3 and TT-S, which produce no more than 268bhp. Thank a larger turbocharger, reprogrammed Bosch engine management and new fuel injectors. And the engine changes are just scratching the surface of a series of upgrades to build this fastest ever KTM with four wheels.
It’s hard to sat that the KTM X-Bow R is practical. It’s awkward to get into, you have to remove the steering wheel, clamber over the sills and then go into contortionist mode to secure the four-point race harness. Once ensconced, it’s actually quite comfy even for tall drivers but there’s no boot whatsoever, no roof if it rains and worst of all is the terrible rear visibility. Two wing mirrors are your lot, there’s no rear-view mirror (for obvious reasons) and because of the head guard, the side-to-side view is atrocious. Come to some T-junctions and unless you pull up at right angles for a 90deg view, you can’t see what’s coming.
But let’s not get bogged down in that. This is in essence a track-day car that’s homologated for the road; you can spec it up with no end of aero kits, oil coolers and race-spec tyres from the track-day kit options list. The KTM X-Bow is an occasional car for thrill seekers.
KTM X-Bow R – 2016 Specifications
Engine Specifications: 2.0 6MT (300 HP)
Displacement: 1984 cm3
220.7 KW @ 6300 RPM
300 HP @ 6300 RPM
296 BHP @ 6300 RPM
295 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
400 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System: Turbocharged Direct Injection
CO2 Emissions: 189 g/km
Top Speed: 144 mph or 232 km/h
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph): 3.9 s
Fuel Consumption Specifications
Combined: 28.3 mpg US or 8.3 L/100Km
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Length: 147.2 in or 3739 mm
Width: 75.4 in or 1915 mm
Height: 47.3 in or 1201 mm
Unladen Weight: 1742 lbs or 790 kg
Front: 205/40 R17
Rear: 255/35 R18