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KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

KTM X-Bow sports car

Year (of specifications) 2007
Engine 2.0 litre TFSI 4 cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 240 hp
weight 790 kg / 1742 lbs

The KTM X-Bow which was first revealed at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show is the product of a collaboration between Austrian motorcycle maker KTM and Audi, who developed the engine.


The X-Bow is the first automotive product from KTM
The Ariel Atom-like two seat roadster is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder producing in base spec a thouroghly respectable 220 horsepower, and in top spec a brutal 300 horsepower. Power is sent to the KTM X-Bow's rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The chisleled and athletic structure of the KTM X-Bow is made from a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Total weight for the KTM X-Bow is just 700 kg (1543 lbs).

Although KTM have built their business on producing motorcycles, the X-Bow looks superb, and almost matches their other product's design style.

Gerald Kiska’s design studio designed the shape of the X-Bow. Coming from Salzburg, he has worked closely with KTM for the past 15 years and is entrusted not only with the design of the motorcycles, but also with the appearance of the company itself.

For the concept of the KTM brand’s first automobile, Kiska incorporated many characteristics that are more closely associated with motorcycles than cars. Every part of the X-Bow fulfils a function, the technology remains transparent, the form is noticeably simple. The few, orange-coloured body panels are “floating elements”, like those of motorcycles, and suggest lightness and simplicity.

The deliberate reduction in all things even includes the lights: simple headlamps, embedded indicators flush with the car’s contours and round lights at the rear forego superficial, showy effects. Instead, the carbon structure also takes on design duties, meaning that components which are frequently hidden in cars, such as the silencer, suddenly serve an aesthetic purpose in addition to their usual functions.

As a result of its design, the KTM X-Bow can do without a lot of elements that ordinarily add complexity and extra weight. So the narrow wind deflector makes an elaborate heating system and windscreen wipers unnecessary; doors are also not included in the design, due to the X-Bow’s low profile and the extra-low side profile.

The seats are further examples of the KTM X-Bow’s intelligent and simple construction: the shells for the driver’s and passenger’s seats are already integrated into the carbon fibre construction of the monocoque. An overlay provides solid comfort. In order to provide the best ergonomics for drivers of various heights, the X-Bow has manually adjustable pedals. The driver can find all the information needed for driving on the hub of the steering wheel.

The KTM X-Bow doesn’t have a luggage compartment. But it does feature an innovative, mobile storage box for the car documents. The equipment required by law, such as the warning triangle, first aid kit and a tyre-fit system, are kept in storage compartments beside the passenger’s foot well. A cover is stowed in this same location; it protects the interior of the car when it’s parked. Two helmets can be fixed in the passenger’s legroom.

The X-Bow’s driving dynamics profit not only from the car’s low centre of gravity but also from its superior chassis, which also draws on racing technology for its basic principles. Suspended on double triangular wishbone axles, the wheels feature suspension and damping elements by WP Suspension, with a pushrod arrangement up front.

The X-Bow’s powerful braking system consists of Brembo 305 mm discs at the front and 262 mm discs at the rear. The interaction of the X-Bow’s light weight, ideal balance, low centre of gravity and a 17-/18-inch tyre mix results in spectacular braking performance: when the brakes are warm, the KTM X-Bow needs only 33.1 metres to decelerate from 60 mph to a standstill.


Similar and related vehicles:
KTM X-Bow Superlight
Ariel Atom 2
Deronda F400




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