When KTM released the X-Bow GT the world wasn’t all that impressed at first. Let’s face it, 285 HP is not a whole lot today, considering a poor diesel can make that sort of power. However, they didn’t take into account the amount of tuning that can be put into it and the lightweight construction of the car.
Carbon fiber is the material of choice today and since the KTM creation is extremely light on its feet, the numbers it can pull on a track are absolutely mad. Then…. Wimmer RS came around.
In case you didn’t know, they are a German tuning company that took a particular interest in the X-Bow GT. Therefore, they decided that the power the 2-liter 4-cylinder TFSI engine was making was nowhere near what it should be.
The list of improvements they made to it includes a new exhaust that has a 100-cell sport catalyst with a Y-pipe, a high-pressure fuel pump, a pre-feed fuel pump, a sporty suction system and a special water pump to keep everything in check. Needless to say that all of these extra measures were needed to cope with the new ECU map installe.
The end result is a 485 HP beast that also puts down 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque. That, in turn, transforms the Wimmer RS X-Bow GT into a supercar scarecrow with a sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).
To set apart the standard model and the one from Wimmer RS, the guys also installed a couple of visual hints here and there. The cabin got new seats with orange seams, the gearshift knob and the hand brake one were dressed in leather while everything else is made of carbon fiber basically.
We spotted it at Essen and couldn’t help but take a couple of photos, thinking about how crazy it must be actually driving it…