KTM X-BOW R: SUPER SPORTS CAR TECHNOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Revolutionary. Puristic. Radical. In the form of the production version of the X-BOW, Austrian manufacturer KTM presented its interpretation of a super sports car for the 21st century in 2008. "We wanted to take Colin Chapman's idea of a spartan, lightweight sports car reduced to the bare essentials and transfer it into the new millennium – with as many technological innovations as possible," says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.

Together with the specialists at Italian sports car manufacturer Dallara, the composites experts Wethje, the think-tank KTM Technologies and engine partner Audi, what is probably the most exciting super sports car of our times was produced in only 18 months. The extraordinary styling came from Gerald Kiska and the team at Kiska Design, who created an iconic modern sports car.

"Ready to Race" – this not only applies to KTM motorcycles, but also to the X-BOW. When developing the "R", we focussed on improving both performance data and overall performance. Even more extreme, even faster and even more impressive. The result is quite outstanding. The KTM X-BOW R has been designed down to the very last detail as an uncompromising driving machine. Many of the conventional elements aimed purely at comfort have been omitted. Dispensing with a roof and the windscreen as well as the omission of air-conditioning and entertainment systems all takes a little getting used to. But it allows concentration on the most important aspect: the driving experience!

TECHNICAL DETAILS

ENGINE

Design Inline 4-cylinder gas engine with direct injection, exhaust turbocharging with intercooling
Displacement 1,984 cm³
Performance 220 kW (300 PS) @ 6,300 1/min
Maximum torque 400 Nm @ 3,300 1/min
Valves 4/cylinder, DOHC
Fuel consumption 8.3 l/100 km
CO₂-emission 189 g/km

CHASSIS

Length x Width x Height 3,738 x 1,915 x 1,202 mm
Wheelbase 2,430 mm
Turning radius 10.8 m
Wheeltrack front / rear 1,672 / 1,626 mm
Power train Rear wheel drive with mechanical limited-slip differential
Transmission 6-speed gearbox, manual
Tyres front / rear 205/40 R 17 / 255/35 R18
Height of center of gravity 380 mm
Fuel tank capacity 40 l
Weight excl. fuel 790 kg
Top speed 231 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.9 s
Deceleration 100-0 km/h 32.9 m
Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h 48 kg
Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h 193 kg
Lateral acceleration > 1.5 g (road tires)
Static weight distribution (front / rear) 37:63