Friday, March 1, 2024

KTM X-Bow GT-XR Spy Shots: New Race Car-derived Supercar coming

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KTM’s X-Bow sports car is still being improved. The GT-XR, which takes the GT2 racer and makes it road legal, is the next version on the horizon. These spy shots show the vehicle lapping the Nürburgring, implying that the new model will be just as comfortable on the track as it is on the road.

While these spy shots provide a good look at the X-Bow GT-XR, KTM is showing the front and side of the machine on its Instagram page with no camo (see below). This eliminates the need to conjecture about what this model looks liker.

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In front, there are skinny, sharp-edged headlights with a tiny LED strip below them. There are two other, smaller light bars below the main lamps. A wide, trapezoidal opening in the lower fascia has two mesh-covered inlets with a space for the license plate in the center.

The hood is low, and the windshield wraps around. The setup appears to provide the driver with a lot of outward visibility. There aren’t any doors. Instead, the canopy tilts forward to allow occupants to enter.

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The front fenders protrude past the narrower main body portion along the sides. A sharp crease along the beltline and diagonally below it gives the flanks an edgy appearance that contrasts with the smooth shape of the cockpit.

The rear deck sprouts a wing. Above the licence plate is a high-mounted, center-exit exhaust with a trapezoid-shaped tip. The location allows KTM to install a large diffuser.

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The GT-XR, like the GT2, is said to be powered by a mid-mounted 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from Audi. That engine produces 591 horsepower (441 kilowatts) in the racer, but it may produce less in the road-legal version.

The GT2 racer has a six-speed direct-shift transmission that drives the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. Again, it’s unclear whether the road car shares these components at this time.

The GT2 weighs 2,310 pounds without fuel (1,043 kilograms). We’d expect the GT-XR version to be slightly heavier due to the addition of some amenities to make it more comfortable on the road.

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We don’t know when the X-Bow GT-XR will be available, but KTM’s Instagram post promises “More to come soon.” Given that the company has no qualms about showing off the exterior design, a full reveal can’t be far away.

Sources: CarPix, Automedia

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