KTM X-Bow

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X-Bow
KTM X-Bow Front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer KTM
Production 2008–present
Assembly Graz, Austria
Designer KISKA
Body and chassis
Class Trackday Only
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Audi turbocharged I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,430 mm (95.7 in)
Length 3,738 mm (147.2 in)
Width 1,915 mm (75.4 in)
Height 1,202 mm (47.3 in)
Kerb weight 790 kg (1,740 lb)

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A Kuwaiti-registered KTM X-Bow pictured in London.

The KTM X-Bow (pronounced "crossbow") is an ultra-light sports car for road and race use, produced by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. It is the first car in their product range. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.

KTM developed the X-Bow in collaboration with Kiska Design, Audi, and Dallara. The X-Bow uses a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0 litre Audi engine. The 2008 model produces 237 hp (177 kW; 240 PS) at 5500 rpm and 310 newton metres (230 lb·ft) of torque between 2000 and 5500 rpm.[1] and can accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.[2] Its top speed is 217 km/h (134.9 mph). In the 2011 X-Bow R model the Audi engine is further tuned to produce 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS) and 400 newton metres (300 lb·ft) of torque at 3300 rpm.[3]

Originally, KTM planned a production of 500 units per year, however, the company increased production to 1,000 cars a year and built a new plant near Graz due to high demand.[4]

Other features[edit]

  • Tires front: 205/45 ZR17
  • Tires rear: 235/40 ZR18
  • Brakes front: Brembo 305 mm (12.0 in) diameter discs
  • Brakes rear: Brembo 262 mm (10.3 in) diameter discs

Racing[edit]

The KTM X-Bow was raced[5] in the Supersport category of the 2008 FIA GT4 Championship (#100 Catharina Felser, #101 Christopher Haase and Dennis Retera, by Reiter Engineering), taking a podium[6] finish at Monza and pole position[7] in the wet qualifying session at Nogaro.

The FIA-homologated KTM X-BOW GT4[8] is available for racing purposes.

The car has been raced at annual Race of Champions events since 2008.

Marcus Clutton and Phil Keen won the supersports call of the 2009 British GT season, and Peter Belshaw and Clutton were the GT4 champions in the 2011 season.

The KTM X-BOW Battle race series started in 2010 and was a support event for the DTM German Touring Car series at Adria Raceway in 2010 and Lausitzring in 2011.

In a March 2012 episode of Top Gear, presenter Jeremy Clarkson drove an X-Bow around Donington Park circuit in England. He applauded the tires' grip, saying during a James May-inspired session of doughnuts, "It's like driving on superglue."

Appearances in other media[edit]

The X-Bow R model recently appeared in the free DriveClub Ignition Expansion Pack, while the standard model has appeared in other racing games.

Awards and recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TFSI Technology from Audi". KTM. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b "KTM X-Bow receives Top Gear’s "Sports Car of the Year" award". 4wheelnews.com. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ Pollard, Tim. "KTM X-Bow R (2011) CAR Review". CAR Magazine. Bauer Media Limited. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "KTM X-Bow gets own factory". Autocar.co.uk. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  5. ^ "The Success Story - X-BOW Racing". Ktm X-Bow. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Results: 2008 Round 2 - Monza". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Results: 2008 Round 6 - Nogaro". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  8. ^ ""GT4" - Models - About X-BOW". Ktm X-Bow. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

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