Following numerous spy shots, KTM is introducing the X-Bow GT-XR as a road-going counterpart to its GT2 racer. The track-focused machine with a licence plate, designed with a Batmobile-worthy canopy, is billed as the “most uncompromising super sports car for the street.” The low-slung coupe is the culmination of the X-history, Bow’s which began in 2008. A full carbon fibre monocoque serves as its backbone.
The GT-XR has a dry weight of only 1,250 kilogrammes (2,755 pounds) and a large fuel tank capable of holding 96 litres for a diesel-like range of up to 621 miles (1,000 kilometers). That canopy we mentioned is electrically operated and even has a soft-close function similar to a luxury car’s doors and trunk. The car is, of course, rear-wheel drive and features a limited-slip differential for optimal power delivery.
Audi’s tried-and-true 2.5 TFSI engine powers the KTM X-Bow GT-XR. In this application, the turbocharged inline-five produces 493 horsepower (368 kilowatts) at 6,350 rpm and 581 Newton-meters (429 pound-feet) of torque at 5,550 rpm, which is significantly more than the RS3 or TT RS. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also from the Volkswagen Group (DQ500).
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It accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 174 mph (280 km/h). KTM can optionally equip the GT-XR with a hydraulic lifting system at the front axle to avoid damaging the underside. The latest X-Bow is outfitted with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear OZ Racing wheels wrapped in 235/35 R19 and 295/35 R20 tyres, respectively.
Sachs dampers are used in the suspension, and drivers can adjust the ride height at both the front and rear. Weight is distributed 44:56 front/rear, according to KTM, and ceramic brakes are available at an additional cost. The entire carbon fibre body is hand-painted, and the interior features two bucket seats with screens that display footage captured by the mirror-replacing side cameras.
The Audi-powered GT-XR costs €284,900 before options and is built at the same Graz plant as the other X-Bow derivatives. These include center-locking wheels, a catalytic converter, and a stainless steel exhaust system silencer. The Austrian factory produces about 100 X-Bows per year, so the new flavour will be hard to find on public roads.
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