Reiter KTM X-Bow Track-Only Racer Teased, It’s Got a Fully Enclosed Cabin

Reiter KTM X-Bow 1 photo
Photo: KTM
When Austrian motorcycle maker KTM unveiled the X-Bow at Geneva back in 2008, many track junkies got instantly in love with the so-called crossbow. It features wacky styling, a turbo 2-liter Audi petrol-fed powerplant and drive is sent to the rear wheels via a proper manual gearbox, so it’s no wonder why the X-Bow is so appreciated by so many gearheads.
Dubbed the KTM X-Bow R, the outlandish machine spawned a number of other variants such as the frameless windscreen X-Bow GT and the naked carbon fiber galore X-Bow RR. These variants are pretty special in their own specific ways, and in all frankness who could say no to a 300 PS and 400 Nm engine that propels a sub 800 kg (1,765 lbs) vehicle?

But then again, the upcoming track-only Reiter Engineering & KTM X-Bow might be a bit too extreme a proposition even for those of us that like flicking a vehicle in the corners and wagging the tail out at full opposite lock. A lot of mystery envelops this car due to the fact everyone is coy on details at the moment, but the teaser shot above depicts a KTM X-Bow with a fully enclosed cockpit because racecar.

To boot, there’s a humongous rear wing and new bodywork at the rear, including an aggressively vented engine cover. In addition to those, the go-faster bits are likely to include better suspension and more powerful brakes, joined by a race-specification flappy paddle transmission. KTM and Reiter Engineering say that this X-Bow is a joint motor racing project, with production and logistics to be handled by Reiter.

Announced to “be available to customers in Europe, the USA and Asia,” the racing-spec KTM X-Bow is going to “introduce a revolutionary new vehicle concept into international customer motorsport... We are a hundred percent convinced that the result will be a real ‘ready to race’ product in the best KTM tradition!”
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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