KTM Shows Off Extreme X-Bow R

This is the first working prototype of the new KTM X-Bow R, a hardcore version of the already pretty hardcore track car from the Austrian bike maker.

After a couple of years on sale, and 500 X-Bows down the line, KTM has decided that the time is right for a faster version, and has given the R 300horsepower - up from the original's 240hp.

In order to get the extra power from the Audi-sourced turbocharged 2.0-litre motor KTM says, rather endearingly, that it has made, "changes to the engine electronics and peripheral devices" to boost the engine to 300 horsepower.

The X-Bow R isn't just a matter of extra power, however; the engine has also been lowered in the chassis for an improved centre of gravity, and two optional equipment packages have been revealed. These are 'Sport' for road-going X-Bows, and 'Race', for those who don't want to compromise on-circuit performance in the cause of a pesky numberplate and tax disc.

KTM also says that its existing customers will be able to make many of the R upgrades to their own cars.

That's it for details for now - KTM promises more pics, prices and specs in the new year...

P.H. O'meter

Join the PH rating wars with your marks out of 10 for the article (Your ratings will be shown in your profile if you have one!)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Rate this article

Comments (42) Join the discussion on the forum

  • BBS-LM 28 Sep 2010

    So all KTM did was give the car a re-map. That just a lack of effort.

  • Wollcage 28 Sep 2010

    BBS-LM said:
    So all KTM did was give the car a re-map. That just a lack of effort.
    may i draw your attention to paragraph four...

  • Mr Gear 28 Sep 2010

    Am I right in thinking that the X-Bow has virtually killed KTM's profitability?

  • Corsair7 28 Sep 2010

    KTM Management: "How do we make the XBow more appealing?"

    PR Guru: "I know, lets launch a more extreme track orientated version"

    X-Bow owner "Isn't that what you sold me in the first place...? confused "

  • WMP 28 Sep 2010

    These are unfortunately never going to fulfil their promise.

    Unless they get 450bhp out of the engine, dump 150kgs, make the handling more 'playful' and drop the price to £40k-£45k they won't sell enough to make it worth their while.

View all comments in the forums Make a comment