You already know that the Austrian brand KTM also produces cars. It started with an interesting ultra-light X-Bow open car project with a 2.0 TFSI engine from Audi, now a few years older and slightly larger X-Bow GT supersport with a five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI and more sophisticated aerodynamics has been on the market. We have already written about him.
It was first created as a racing special for the GT2 class and originally it didn’t look like there would be a road version. However, in the end, KTM had to introduce the road version due to homologation. However, unlike other brands, the manufacturer did not go soft, and except for a few details, the road version does not differ much from the sharp racing one.
Thus, the KTM X-Bow GT-XR was built, only a hundred of them will be produced, and it will attract a lot of interest wherever it appears. If there was something that Batman would drive around on the weekend, it would definitely be this. Especially in the original raw design with matte unpainted carbon.
Are you wondering if this KTM is really a capable supersport? Is a five-cylinder enough for him against the competition’s eight-cylinder? Let’s just remind you that this is a very successful racing car. For example, the Brno team RTR Projects and the Czech racer Jan Krabec won last year’s Fanatec GT2 European Series championship with it. They beat icons like the Porsche 911 GT2, Audi R8, Mercedes AMG-GT R, Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo and more. But the car also does very well in other racing events, and you can even see it in uphill races.
Comfortable automatic and diesel-like range
That being said, the road version of the X-Bow GT-XR is just a slightly civilized version of a pure racing car. Instead of a racing sequential gearbox, there is a modified DSG, which makes it easier to use in normal traffic. It is a seven-speed DQ500 gearbox, which is sufficiently dimensioned for use in such a powerful car. You’ll also get air conditioning and a few comfort essentials that racers will otherwise do without. The road version does not have a protective frame, so the cockpit is much more spacious. And you don’t have to wear a helmet in the car either.
Interestingly, the car can be retrofitted with, for example, a hydraulic system that raises the chassis by 90 mm so that you can cross a speed bump or enter underground garages. Usability is also facilitated by the electrically folding roof, and it must be said that when the entire cockpit opens like in a fighter jet, it is a spectacle. Then you have the audience at the gas station taken care of.
Fortunately, with a large 96-liter tank, you don’t have to fill up as often, the real range is easily 1,000 km. When used on a sharp circuit, the turbocharged five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI with a capacity of 500 horsepower claims its fuel allocation, but at least you don’t have to pit every three laps.
You may have different ideas about everyday usability, especially when the car does not have classic doors, but the solid carbon monocoque has high strength and can be safely considered the safest construction among comparable cars ever. Thanks to it, the KTM is extremely light, weighing only 1,130 kg without fillings. Comparable cars often show a quarter ton more on the scale, which is really noticeable on the circuit. The manufacturer even thought about transporting cargo, so there are storage spaces with a fairly usable volume of 120 liters. You can spend a weekend together with this car.
Despite the very limited production (there are racing cars, but there will only be a hundred road cars) and a lot of interest, a few pieces got to us and there is only one last car left for this year. The production quota is otherwise exhausted for this year. This special KTM X-Bow GT XR is for sale right in Brno at RTR Projects, who have been racing with KTM very successfully for several years and are also dedicated to servicing, repairing and preparing clients’ cars for races. If you are interested, you can write to them.
You can also look into the factory
But it doesn’t end with the car itself. Part of the “purchase” is also a visit to the KTM factory, where you can see the entire production process. Complete service support is a matter of course, and if you want, there are no limits to special modifications. For example, you can have even sharper racing brakes, wheels with a central clamping nut, or you can buy a set of racing tires for circuit antics.
The price of the car depends on the resulting specification. In conversion, the basic price was slightly below 7,500,000 crowns, which is actually “free” in terms of comparable cars from Lamborghini, McLaren and especially Ferrari. And while a Ferrari is such a soccer and rapper cliché, this KTM is pure punk craziness. So what? Will you break the piggy bank?
Otherwise, if it was too much for you, you can now try this new KTM in sharp racing design on the racing simulator Assetto Corsa Competizione. An update with the Fanatec GT2 series car packs has been released and of course this interesting KTM is not missing from it. And even the color version of the winning car of the Czech team is in the game.