Tweaked For The Streets

KTM is famous for its motorbikes and extreme track cars, but the automaker’s purebred X-Bow race cars now have a new road-legal sibling – the KTM X-Bow GT-XR.

Based on the KTM X-Bow GT2 track weapon, the X-Bow GT-XR offers drivers a radically designed, dynamic, and extremely high-performance car for everyday driving. The vehicle still keeps the unique features that make the GT2 a winning race car, including the carbon fibre body with clean lines and sharp edges, the electric jet fighter canopy, and the ultra-light carbon monocoque.

The GT-XR is powered by an Audi 2.5-litre, 500-hp five-cylinder engine, paired with a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox. The package is compact despite a massive 96-litre tank, which is sufficient to fuel the car for up to 1,000 km. With a top speed of 280 km/h, you could, if you were so inclined, hit the autobahn foot flat to the floor… and just keep going.

The aerodynamics package has also been tweaked for the road-going X-Bow GT-XR, and inside the snug cabin, the removable multi-functional steering wheel with integrated hi-res display definitely keeps things feeling very “race car”, but the digital rearview mirror, which can also display the feed from the parking camera, means that this isn’t going to be a nightmare if you wanted to use it every day.

KTM says that only around 100 examples of the X-Bow — and that means all variants — can be produced each year, so it’s going to be a hard road getting your hands on one of these incredible road-legal beauties any time soon.