November 20, 2013


Every once in a while I come across a not so ordinary looking vehicle. And the KTM X-Bow GT is just that, not a typical look for an everyday driver. But, it did catch my eye and I thought I would share it with you.

The X-Bow has been widened, lowered, and is made more compact than previous X-Bows, giving it more down force and aerodynamics. The chassis and body are a carbon fiber single unit with integrated fixed seats. A four-point safety belt system ensures driver and passenger safety. It has a sliding pedal box and a multi-function adjustable steering wheel.

The overall weight of the X-Bow is less than 1,800 pounds. It has a frameless windscreen that wraps around the vehicle similar to a helmet visor and blends seamlessly into the side windows to protect both the driver and passenger. The side windows also function as see-through doors and blended with the windscreen, KTM calls this combination the “helmet-visor effect.”

The X-Bow has a single wiper/washer and electric defroster as well as removable sun visors for keeping the driver and passenger’s vision clear. A removable fabric roof can be folded and tucked away in the vehicle when not being used.

Color choices are Fusion Orange, Original Blue, Combat Gray, Carbon Black and the original orange.

The following information below is gathered from our friends at Top Speed.

The 2014 X-Bow GT comes from the factory with an Audi 285 hp, 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. However, a German company decided to take one of these odd looking vehicles and give it a tune up. Wimmer RS added a little more power as well as a face-lift.

Under the hood improvements include a specially designed, exhaust-driven turbocharger with an intercooler, a high-pressure fuel pump, a pre-feed fuel pump, and a sportive suction system with a special water pump. The exhaust is a new sports system with a 100-cell catalytic converter and a Y-pipe.

With the upgrades to the engine, it now pushes out 435 hp at 6,400 rpm and 368 lb-ft of torque at 2,860 rpm, giving the X-Bow a definite performance enhancement. It will now run 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, hit 120 mph in 11.7 seconds, and top out at 153 mph.

The interior got some new seats with orange seams, a new hand brake lever, a multi-function switch, and plenty of orange stitched GT logos. On the exterior the bonnet is colored to match the KTM badges and the car sits on four racing wheel with center slots.

The Wimmer company specializes in performance and electronic enhancements as well as improving chassis, brakes, clutches, exhausts, and more. The improvements to the X-Bow work in sync with on board Wimmer vehicle software.

Even with the odd looks, the X-Bow may just be a car to own if you have an extra $94,323.

Image Credit: TopSpeed.com

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