In this era when every automaker is focusing more on electrifying their cars, KTM is one of the manufacturers that increases the road car game with a new iteration of the X-Bow series of fun racing cars. Say hello to KTM X-Bow GT-XRan all-new legal race car that focuses on the traditional advantages of a track car – it’s lightweight, it has a powerful engine, and it feels comfortable to drive.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR is essentially a road-legal version of the track-only X-Bow GT2 race car and is KTM’s second road-legal car. Competing in road legal race cars like the Dallara Stradale and Radical Rapture, the KTM X-Bow GT-XR is brilliantly ahead of KTM in retaining the insanely tempting moto franchise in these types of race cars. The car was priced at €284,900 (about $288,638) and is now available across Europe.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR gets a world-class engine
One of the most intelligent five-cylinder engines made to date, the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, turbocharged gas engine from Audi has served as the main engine for KTM racing cars. Here in the X-Bow GT-XR, this 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine plays the role of power.
Known for its unique firing command and distinctive exhaust note, this five-cylinder engine from Audi generates 493 horsepower of maximum power and 429 pound-feet of maximum torque in the KTM X-Bow GT-XR. Even the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG) came from Audi, which delivers lightning-fast shifts. This engine is housed within a steel rear tubular frame, enabling the X-Bow GT-XR to reach a top speed of 174 mph.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR gets carbon fiber everywhere
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR tips the weight scales at just 2,491 lbs., making it one of the lightest 450 hp+ (456 hp+) sports cars in the world. It goes without saying that the extensive use of carbon fiber is the main reason.
The overall design of the KTM X-Bow GT-XR was outsourced Designed by KISKAIt features crisp lines and sharp edges, with all panels made of fine carbon. The X-Bow GT-XR’s entire monocoque frame and “jet fighter” canopy also have a carbon fiber composite material in its composition. This carbon frame comes integrated with the windshield and separate glass doors, which can be opened individually and can hold about six times its weight.
To open this umbrella, you need to use the remote control on the X-Bow GT-XR key. A minimalist and futuristic-looking cabin greets you, with the entire interior, including the wraparound dashboard and bucket seats, made of carbon fiber composite material. In addition to this extensive use of carbon fiber, KTM has also used aluminum for its monobloc fixed caliper brake system, which keeps weight in check.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR exudes high-order aerodynamics
For the X-Bow GT-XR, KTM took the popular X-Bow GT2 track car as the base. And we have to agree that it’s a perfect base, as the GT2 has proven aerodynamic prowess. The overall design of the KTM X-Bow GT-XR is wedge-like, with the car’s front profile featuring a streamlined design. While the X-Bow GT-XR gets an improved wheel suspension, the perfectly designed floor section increases the ground effect. At the rear, the X-Bow GT-XR features a rear diffuser and streamlined spoiler, enhancing downforce with minimal air drag.
The KTM X-Bow GT-XR also features the AirCurtain system, where the vortices are created by the front spoiler and directed around the car’s floor. It helps create an air chamber below the floor, which helps keep the X-Bow GT-XR grounded to the roof underneath. Adding to all these traits is the X-Bow GT-XR’s low center of gravity, thanks to the low ground clearance and lightweight frame.
The most practical KTM race car to date
While the X-Bow GT-XR is a race car fit and geared for the racetrack, KTM has ensured that it is practical to live with and drive in the urban environment. With a claimed fuel efficiency of 25.87 mpg and a massive fuel tank capable of storing 25.4 gallons of fuel, the X-Bow GT-XR claims a full tank range of about 625 miles. The car also comes with a luggage compartment with a capacity of 160 liters, which provides adequate space for storing small luggage.
In the cabin, the KTM X-Bow GT-XR comes with a removable multifunction steering wheel. It has a built-in LED display that acts as a control unit. The interior might look outrageous for a road legal car but it feels decently functional with comfort essentials like air conditioning, an audio system with Bluetooth, and a wide-angle camera rearview system with digital rearview mirror. The center console also has a quad mount that can accommodate and charge your smartphone. For charging smartphones, there are additional USB-C sockets.
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