The Austrian motorcycle builder KTM launched the X-Bow in 2008 as a track-weapon, feather-light two-seat roadster, and five years later, it made it better for road use.
KTM X-Bow was already notorious among race-car lovers. Its Dallara-designed, carbon-fiber roadster proved to be very fast despite its only 300 hp engine. The secret stood in the vehicle's weight, which was reduced to a ridiculous 790 kg (1740 lbs). But the driver and its passenger had to wear a helmet and a jumpsuit since there was no windscreen nor roof above the cabin.
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer made an important upgrade for the roadster in 2013 when it decided to install a windshield and side windows but no roof. The X-Bow GT was just 57 kg (125 lbs) heavier than the original X-Bow. KTM included a mandatory windshield wiper.
Since the GT version was designed for Gran Tourismo travels, KTM introduced a set of, specially tailored handbags. Also, there were a few comfort features, such as a heating and ventilation system with controls installed on the center console. Moreover, the Austrian engineers considered installing an illuminated footwell. From inside, the three glass panels inspired a helmet-view for its occupants.
Under the hood, KTM installed the same 2.0-liter engine carried-over from Volkswagen GTI, tuned to produced 300 hp. It was paired to a 6-speed manual and sent its power to the rear wheels.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.0 6MT (285 HP)
|Power:||209.6 KW @ 6400 RPM|
285 HP @ 6400 RPM
281 BHP @ 6400 RPM
|Torque:||310 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM|
420 Nm @ 3200 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Top Speed:||144 mph (232 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||4.1 s|
|Drive Type:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||205/40 R17 || 255/35 R18|
|Length:||147.2 in (3739 mm)|
|Width:||75.4 in (1915 mm)|
|Height:||47.3 in (1201 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||65.8/64 in (1,671/1,626 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||95.7 in (2431 mm)|
|Unladen Weight:||1867 lbs (847 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|Combined:||28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||189 g/km|