KTM X-Bow Production Halted


Is it only the Brits that can make a decent fist of featherweight hardcore sports cars? Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM's ambitious plans for its X-Bow sports car appear to have been scaled back, according to reports in the Austrian press.

Just one year after it built its first car, KTM has had to stop production of the X-Bow, after having sold fewer cars than expected.

KTM initially planned to build around 1000 X-Bows a year, but the global economic crisis has hit the pricey track toy hard, and KTM now says it is aiming to build between 200 and 300 cars a year for the foreseeable future.

For now, with 500 X-Bows built so far and 80 still unsold, KTM has stopped production at its Graz facility, although production is slated to resume in January 2010.

KTM had hoped that the UK would be one of its strongest markets. But despite plenty of critical acclaim (not least among those on the PH team who have been lucky enough to get a go in one), the KTM hasn't sold all that well here, with only 23 examples registered in the UK so far.

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  • havoc 24 Aug 2009

    Timing and price (esp. price!) were both against it. Add-in a couple of so-so reviews in the press, and I'm not surprised.

  • patmahe 24 Aug 2009

    Yep would agree with that, price killed it. Too many good alternatives to make this worthwhile for most people.

  • franv8 24 Aug 2009

    patmahe said:
    Yep would agree with that, price killed it. Too many good alternatives to make this worthwhile for most people.
    +1

  • davido140 24 Aug 2009

    Such a shame, but I have to agree, it'll be the price that scuppered it. Although not as pretty (but who cares "that" much about looks with a stripped out, arse on the floor, trackday go-kart) the Caterhams offer a fairly similar experience for roughly half the price of thier bottom of the range model (50k) I didnt realise until today, they did an 80k model!!! 80k!!!! yikes




  • Vixpy1 24 Aug 2009

    Yep, Price and the Euro/Sterling has buggered it up for KTM

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