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There may very well be super sports cars that live up to this description. Whether it be due to their spectacular appearance. Whether it be due to their outstanding technology. Whether it be due to their breathtaking performance. Or whether it be due to their history steeped in tradition. However, no other car epitomises the term "super sports car" as thoroughly and uncompromisingly as the KTM X-BOW GT.
Based on the X-BOW R - itself unique in the matter of high-tech, safety, drive dynamics and appearance - Austrian manufacturer KTM has created a vehicle whose exceptional characteristics can now also be experienced without a helmet.
The elegant, frameless windscreen construction, which wraps protectively around the driver and passenger in the same way as a helmet visor, allows the occupants to forego their own headgear. At the same time, however, it does nothing to impair the puristic driving experience or the radical design of the revolutionary KTM X-BOW. Quite the contrary.
The evolution of the KTM design language makes bodywork elements appear more graphic, while just a few sharply drawn lines help to structure the surfaces very clearly. The engine cover, which now has gill-like ventilation slits, connects extensively with the rear bodywork elements that make the rear end - with its new shape - appear much more muscular and powerful. The view from the front also surprises with a new look: The headlamp surrounds have become narrower, the bonnets are attached over the front splitter at a striking angle - making the whole front end of the KTM X-BOW GT appear even brawnier.
The new elements – windscreen and side windows – blend seamlessly into each other, thereby creating the "helmet visor effect". The frameless upper edge ensures a flowing transition between "outside" and "inside": It extends an imaginary line up to the rear bonnets, thereby bestowing the whole vehicle with greater dynamics. The new GT makes an even wider, lower, more compact and more powerful appearance. The fact that the aerodynamics have been improved in order to generate less drag and even more downforce goes without saying, due, if nothing else, to the racing genes that are also inherent to this KTM X-BOW.
The technical basis for the KTM X-BOW GT was provided by the "R", with its 2.0 litre TFSI power unit from engine partner Audi and a carbon monocoque found nowhere else in street-legal production vehicles. So it's hardly surprising that numerous reminiscences of racing are also to be encountered in the interior: The fixed Recaro seat shells, which are integrated directly in the carbon monocoque and ensure excellent safety whenever its needed, in conjunction with the four-point safety belts from Schroth, are just as much part of the standard equipment on the KTM X-BOW GT as the sliding pedal box and the multi-function steering wheel with adjustable height and depth. Experience ergonomics previously unheard of in a super sports car, as the unrivalled field of view has barely changed in spite of the windscreen: The short, slender A-pillars hardly affect visibility at all; the overview is perfect, even when cornering.
The KTM X-BOW GT benefits from the racing genes of the tried-and-tested model, combining them with new qualities to meet the requirements resulting from installation of a windscreen. There are many new details to discover in the interior; the centre console in particular has been completely revamped. Behind the shift lever, it's not the ON/OFF button for starting and stopping the Audi engine that sets the tone any more, but the clearly arranged switches for windscreen wiper, screen wash/wipe system, interior ventilation/heating and the windscreen heater. A technologically sophisticated solution allows integration of particularly thin heating wires in the windscreen, which, in contrast to customary standard solutions, are barely visible even in poor light conditions.
SUPER SPORTS CAR TECHNOLOGY
FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Revolutionary. Puristic. Radical.
In the form of the production version of the KTM 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, reflecting on the development of the first four-wheeled model in the
THE EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLUTION
Together with the specialists at Italian sports car manufacturer Dallara, the composites experts at 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. Of course, the KTM X-BOW takes a large part
of its uniqueness from its extraordinary styling. Gerald Kiska and the team at KISKA were responsible for this, creating an iconic modern sports car with their
READY TO RACE
GRAN TURISMO WITH RACING-DNA
The new GT makes an even wider, lower, more compact and more powerful impression – the fact that the aerodynamics have been improved in order to
generate less drag and even more downforce goes without saying, due, if nothing else, to the KTM X-BOW's racing genes. So even the version of the super
sports car from Austria with windscreen and soft top is by no means lacking in purism or radicalness. See for yourself - now without a helmet - that just as
much 21st century sports car technology is embedded in this latest model and therefore precisely that racing DNA that makes the KTM X-BOW and the driving
experience so special. And that it is always "Ready to Race".
The KTM X-BOW has been manufactured in a special-purpose plant in Graz since June 2008. One of the world's most modern vehicle limited-production
facilities was built in a matter of months here in accordance with the latest standards.
State-of-the-art logistics and technology
KTM has developed ingenious warehousing, special transport logistics (including specially designed transport containers for the valuable carbon-fibre parts)
and special assembly technologies.
FOR 100 VEHICLES A YEAR
The greatest care with every nut and boltAround 100 examples of the KTM X-BOW in its "R", "RR" and – with immediate effect – "GT" versions are produced
with the greatest precision every year by a small team of specialists. However, despite the revolutionary nature of what is probably the most extraordinary
super sports car of our times, it is still assembled by hand. Every X-BOW is built with the greatest of care and specific expertise, in compliance with the
strictest quality criteria. The whole factory is of course certified according to ISO standards. Moreover, each operation is recorded and logged electronically -
even the torque values of every single tightened bolt are automatically archived. So it's not surprising that the vehicles, which have been sold all around the
world, continue to impress the exclusive circle of X-BOW owners with lasting effect. And the launch of the KTM X-BOW GT will do nothing to change this.
MORE THAN A CAR
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
Collect your own X-BOW – and drive it straight onto the racetrackNaturally, customers and interested parties are welcome to visit us at any time in Graz –
whether it be to buy new tuning parts or to find out all there is to know about the KTM X-BOW. And for all those who would like to collect their vehicle from
the Graz factory, there is a special offer, which is supervised personally by site manager Michael Wölfling in person: "With the KTM X-BOW, we are not merely
selling a car, but a unique experience. Every customer naturally receives a guided tour around our factory. Anyone who wants to can even watch their vehicle
pass through the final stages of production – and then drive directly to their first driver training session on the Red Bull Ring!"