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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible

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.

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KTM X-Bow GT 2013 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0 6MT (285 HP)

KTM X-Bow GT 2.0 6MT (285 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 6MT (285 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
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
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
144 mph (232 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/40 R17 || 255/35 R18
DIMENSIONS
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)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1867 lbs (847 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
189 g/km
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