It’s been nearly fifteen years since Austrian supercar and super-bike maker KTM unveiled its X-Bow sports. The model was the work of KTM in concert with Italian automotive engineering firm Dallara Stradale, and married the graceful lines of the latter with KTM’s interest in the hair-raising but street-legal category. And it also launched an interesting model evolution that has been developing ever since.
The recent emergence of the X-Bow GT-XR is the next chapter in the story which left off with the GTX iteration revealed in 2020. The GT-XR is, like its predecessors in the X-Bow lineage, exceptionally light by way of the carbon fiber body, and tips the scales at just 1,130 kg. The fact that it is loaded with a rather efficient 2.5L Audi-sourced five-cylinder that delivers up to 500 horsepower allows it to reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is 174 mph. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channels power to the rear wheels.
Like X-Bows of the past, the car features a ‘jet fighter canopy’ that opens electronically to allow entrance and exit. More dramatic design elements include the massive rear wing, part of an aero suite designed to the company’s ‘AirCurtain’ philosophy.
The X-Bow GT-XR will be produced for the 2023 model year. 100 examples are planned for production. The car is stickered at €284,500, which converts nearly on parity to USD at current rates.