It was in 2008 when the bike manufacturer KTM decided to enter the sports car market with the X-Bow.
The new version was faster, featuring an upgraded Audi turbocharged TFSI engine that developed 296 hp and 296 lb.-ft of torque.
The exterior design was similar and the 2-seater sports car was quicker than most Ferraris.
The KTM X-Bow weighed only 790 kg and rocketed to 100 kph in around 4 seconds.
The small sports car had no windshield, no radio, no windows and no doors. The seats were not designed to be comfortable, they were just a place where the driver and his passenger would be able to sit.
Another featured borrowed from Audi was the keyless ignition.
Practicality wise, … wait. There was no practicality. The 2-seater didn’t have a trunk. Moreover, getting into the car implied climbing the sills and removing the steering wheel. Visibility was not great either, the X-Bow being equipped with only two wing mirrors.
Of course, the above mentioned could be considered downsides. But on the other hand, just like an old saying says, you can’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.
Even if street homologated, with X-Bow was designed for track.
The price of an X-Bow was around $59,000.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.0 6MT (300 HP)
|Power:||220.7 KW @ 6300 RPM|
300 HP @ 6300 RPM
296 BHP @ 6300 RPM
|Torque:||295 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM|
400 Nm @ 3300 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Top Speed:||144 mph (232 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||3.9 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:||1742 lbs (790 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|Combined:||28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||189 g/km|