Thursday, December 5, 2013

KTM X-Bow GT, First Drive

The KTM X-Bow GT was initially previewed at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. It includes many of the specifications seen on previous KTM X-Bow’s including the carbon fiber monocoque, Recaro sports seats, Audi switchgear and a four point safety harness.

Design Inline 4-cylinder gas engine with direct injection, exhaust turbocharging with intercooling
Displacement 1,984 cm³
Performance 210 kW (285 PS) @ 6,400 1/min
Maximum torque 420 Nm @ 3,200 1/min
Valves 4/cylinder, DOHC
Fuel consumption 8.3 l/100 km
CO₂-emission 189 g/km
Price : 86 700 euros
0-100 km/h : 4"1
The technical basis for the KTM X-BOW GT was provided by the "R", with its 2.0 litre TFSI power unit from engine partner Audi and a carbon monocoque found nowhere else in street-legal production vehicles. So it's hardly surprising that numerous reminiscences of racing are also to be encountered in the interior: The fixed Recaro seat shells, which are integrated directly in the carbon monocoque and ensure excellent safety whenever its needed, in conjunction with the four-point safety belts from Schroth, are just as much part of the standard equipment on the KTM X-BOW GT as the sliding pedal box and the multi-function steering wheel with adjustable height and depth. Experience ergonomics previously unheard of in a super sports car, as the unrivalled field of view has barely changed in spite of the windscreen: The short, slender A-pillars hardly affect visibility at all; the overview is perfect, even when cornering.