KTM is a company built around racing and for their first super sports car they applied the same approach as they did to their race focused motorbikes. The design concept of the X-Bow was to include elements that directly add to the performance and function of the vehicle and trim away and leave everything else.
Utilizing the strongest, lightest and most advanced materials available, KTM worked with Italian sports car specialists Dallara and composites experts Wethje to develop the chassis. The engine partner chosen to refine the performance was Audi and WP created a suspension system that allows exceptional handling and cornering agility. These factors have aided in the production of KTM’s X-BOW – an interpretation of a super sports car for the 21st century.
The car features iconic design from Kiska with pure race bred technology – Gran turismo with Racing-DNA. The world’s first production car with a full carbon composite monocoque. Produced by carbon-fiber specialists Wethje the monocoque weighs just 80 kg yet has exceptional safety levels. Aerodynamics derived from open-wheel racing, jointly developed by KTM Technologies and Dallara produces 100 kg of down force at 200 km/h, allowing up to 2 G of lateral acceleration – superior to any other street-legal car.
The KTM X-BOW has been manufactured in a purpose-built plant in Graz, Austria since June 2008. It is one of the world’s most modern vehicle limited-production facilities and was built in a matter of months in accordance with the latest standards.
Pure racing runs through every inch of the KTM X-Bow with a 300 HP 2.0 liter Audi TFSI engine that uses direct injection, combining the benefits of turbocharging with highly effective air cooling. With a modular concept typical to racing, it is quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to repair. As long as the monocoque remains intact during an impact, any other damaged parts bolt off easily for quick replacement.
Formula derived tire and suspension technology from Michelin and WP suspension with adjustable high and low speed settings as well as rebound damping facilitates exceptional handling.
The new GT version of the Austrian super sports car makes an even wider, lower, more compact and more powerful impression. Even the version with a windscreen and soft top is 100 per cent pure, radical and race bred.
Now it is possible to experience 21st century sports car technology without a helmet. This latest model is embedded with the same racing DNA that makes KTM X-Bow driving experience so special.