Motorcycle manufacturer KTM launches its first road bike

Motorcycle manufacturer KTM launches its first road bike


Fifteen years after unveiling the unique X-BOW, a two-seater roofless sports car built exclusively for the track, at the Geneva Motor Show, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is unveiling its first road-legal .

Called the X-BOW GT-XR, it is a new version of the X-BOW GTX presented in February 2020 and is intended to compete in GT2 class events in Europe. The two share a large number of parts, but the first obviously inherits features aimed at ensuring the comfort of the occupants.

Among them are air conditioning, a digital rearview mirror (since there is no rearview mirror), USB-C charging ports and Bluetooth connectivity. Sport seats with safety features remain in the program, such as a canopy that lifts up in front to provide access to the passenger compartment. The trunk has a volume of 160 liters, slightly larger than that of the Mazda MX-5, and suitable cases are available as an option.

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As for the engine, we’re talking about Audi’s signature 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder unit – the same as in the TT RS and RS 3. It develops 517 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque, shifting the 1,250 kg (2,755 pounds) X- BOW GT-XR inside a real bomb.

By the way, KTM talks about accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 280 km / h. The only drive wheels are at the rear and the transmission is a seven-speed manual type.

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What else to say? Well, it’s not just the monocoque design and carbon fiber bodywork that’s been aerodynamically optimized – so is the adjustable suspension. Additionally, a system called AirCurtain diverts air from the front spoiler around the floor to reduce drag.

The KTM X-Bow GT-XR is hand-built in extremely limited numbers in Graz, Austria, and retails from 284,900 Euros, equivalent to 375,000 Canadian dollars, plus applicable taxes. Orders are made through KTM retailers.

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