The popular Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM, made its debut in the auto industry at the Geneva Auto Show in 2007, where they presented a prototype of their current product, the X-Bow. The production of the X-Bow officially began in June 2008 in the factory at Graz, Austria.
The first models were delivered to their customers in August 2008 and by the end of the year, 350 vehicles were sold. For 2009, the first full year of production, KTM expects a sale volume of approximately 600 units.
The KTM X-Bow meets the requirements for homologation in most of the countries of the European Union, such as: Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland etc. Outside the European Union the X-Bow is homologated in the United Arab Emirates. As for other countries that were not specified above, the X-Bow is classed entirely as a race vehicle and it is restricted to race-track use only.
The production of the X-Bow marks a 50-year milestone in KTM's history. It also sets new standards among the small, lightweight sports cars worldwide. For its first car KTM used the finest materials, high-tech and the knowledge of their development partners, such as Audi and Dallara.
Thanks to the basic version’s lightweight and the 177 kW (240 hp) Audi 2.0 TFSI engine, the KTM X-BOW sets new standards and outstrips supersport cars. With a weight of approximately 790 kg, the KTM X-BOW accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. And its fuel consumption and pollution emissions are comparable to those of a compact car with a high-quality engine.