Uncompromising super sportscar: KTM presents new KTM X-BOW GT-XR

The KTM X-BOW GT-XR is probably the closest you can get to a purebred race car in a road-legal vehicle. The super sportscar is the ideal lightweight and high-performance car for true individualists who want to experience untamed dynamics, radical design and pure enthusiasm in their everyday lives as well.

The basis for the KTM GT-XR, which is manufactured in Graz, Austria, is the KTM X-BOW GT2. The strengths of the race car are clear to see, with victories and title wins on international racetracks. All of the ideas, concepts and innovations for the KTM X-BOW GT-XR first had to be proven in a motorsport environment. Built on this successful foundation, every technical detail of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR has been developed to deliver absolute performance.

A super sportscar like no other

The result is a lightweight and aerodynamically efficient machine. Components tried and tested on the race track, such as the jet fighter canopy, the ultra-light carbon monocoque, the powerful five-cylinder engine and the removable steering wheel with integrated LED display are not available in this combination in any other road-legal super sportscar.

At the heart of the machine is the legendary turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine manufactured by Audi AG. It is more compact, lighter, more efficient and at the same time more powerful than comparable engines. With enormous amounts of torque available at low revs and its characteristic tone, the engine is a perfect match with the KTM X-BOW GT-XR’s radical philosophy. The electronically controlled seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) and a mechanical motorsport differential guarantees ultra-rapid shifting without dropping torque and limitless performance delivery to both rear wheels equally.

In the development of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR, the focus was on the essentials – without sacrificing unique features. Thanks to its puristic lightweight construction philosophy and the extensive use of carbon-fibre composite material, for example with the carbon monocoque, the super sportscar weighs only 1,130 kilograms (kerb weight), making every detail of this super sportscar is READY TO RACE.


Highest safety standards from motorsport

The exceptionally strong carbon monocoque is also a guarantee for the extraordinary safety standard of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR as well as the lightweight, extremely resistant roof construction – the jet fighter canopy. It consists of a carbon frame with a windscreen and separate glass doors that can also be opened to the left- and right-hand side. It can withstand roughly six times its own weight and can be opened and closed with ease using the remote control on the car key. The immense power of the super sportscar is braked by its lightweight monoblock fixed calliper brake system made from aluminium. Another safety feature is the carbon bucket seat, made entirely of carbon fibre composite material. It is extremely lightweight, offers strong support and provides reliable feedback to the driver in any situation. Thanks to the highly resilient four-point safety harness driver and passenger remain rooted to their seats even in extreme situations.


Perfection moulded into form

Even at first glance there is no doubt: the KTM X-BOW GT-XR is one of the most uncompromising super sportscars for the street. Its exciting design from KISKA combines outstanding performance with purist and provocative aesthetics. According to the motto "less is more", every unnecessary element has been avoided. Instead, the focus is on an unmistakable design language that relies on clear lines, sharp edges and smooth surfaces – wrapped in a silky-looking carbon outer skin. From the cutting vehicle front to the low-slung, wide chassis with its streamlined jet fighter canopy to the open rear, every component on the KTM X-BOW GT-XR radiates pure dynamism.


Aerodynamically efficient down to the smallest detail

The aerodynamics are also clearly derived from the race car, the highly successful KTM X-BOW GT2. Every detail has been designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. From the wedge-like body shape and the sleek and streamlined front surface of the car to the aerodynamically optimised wheel suspension, a floor section designed to maximise ground effect and the rear diffusor and streamlined wing, every effort has gone into to achieving the maximum amount of downforce at the lowest possible air resistance.

The new AirCurtain system is a world-first in a road-legal car and has been developed to create an aerodynamic ground effect that helps the car stick to the road. Vortices generated by the front spoiler and routed around the floor create a seal of air underneath the car and enhance the aerodynamic effect even further. The car’s low centre of gravity, coupled with the kind of aerodynamics and agile handling usually only seen on the race track, make the KTM X-BOW GT-XR a super sportscar that genuinely is READY TO RACE.


Comfort features for everyday use

Despite its outstanding driving performance, clever comfort features make the KTM X-BOW GT-XR fit for everyday use. Thanks to its low weight, economical engine and large fuel capacity, it is possible to go on long tours with distances up to 1,000 kilometres. Meanwhile, luggage can be stowed safely in the 160-litre boot. The individually designed, custom-fitted luggage items, developed in cooperation with the traditional brand Meindl, are available as an option.

The electrically assisted progressive power steering allows the driver to effortlessly drive the KTM X-BOW GT-XR over winding streets. At the same time, views can be enjoyed from the air-conditioned interior, while the camera rear-view mirror system – comprising a digital rear view mirror wide-angle parking camera and integrated LED interior light – provides the perfect all-round view. The digital rear view mirror can display the video from the rear view mirror camera system as well as the feed from the wide-angle parking camera, which is positioned lower down.

The smartphone as control centre also finds its appropriate place in the KTM X-BOW GT-XR. The centre console features a Quadlock® bracket that holds the device firmly in place, keeps it within reach and provides inductive charging. Two additional USB-C connections are also available for charging purposes. The smartphone can be connected to the vehicle and the sound system via Bluetooth pairing.


Strikingly high quality standards to redefine driving pleasure

Outstanding precision and build quality are the product of perfectly designed and coordinated production systems and processes. That's why the KTM X-BOW GT-XR is manufactured at the Graz plant – one of the most high-tech small-series automotive factories in the world – with its sophisticated vehicle logistics. Around 100 KTM X-BOW units are produced in the variants R, RR, GT4, GT, GTX and GT2 – and now also GT-XR – by a small team of specialists in accordance with outstanding standards of precision. Due to the limited edition, only a few KTM X-BOW GT-XR are still available in the 2023 model year. The most spectacular super sportscar on the market may be at the cutting edge of development, but it continues to be assembled by hand. Each and every KTM X-BOW is made with the greatest of care and a wealth of expertise, in accordance with the strictest quality standards.


The new KTM X-BOW GT-XR can be ordered now and starts at €284,900 (plus country-specific taxes and import duties). By means of European small series approval, the vehicle is available and approved for street-legal use throughout Europe.