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By Nick Trott
25 June 2008 15:30
The KTM X-Bow is the first car from the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. It is unashamedly sportsbike-inspired, which means the X-Bow is fast, light and nimble. Question is, can KTM X-Bow dethrone Caterham and Lotus - the established track day royalty?
Good question, especially when you consider the rampant success of KTM’s motorcycle business. The answer, according to designer and KTM collaborator Gerald Kiska, is that fewer motorcycle licences are being issued in Europe so it was a ‘logical next step’ to build a car. This was back in the autumn of 2005 and remarkably, after joining forces with legendary Italian racing car manufacturer Dallara, the first X-Bow was shown at the Geneva show in early 2007.
In the flesh, it goes beyond that – almost defying description. It has an aesthetic uncontaminated by modern automotive design thinking, and that makes it very special indeed.
Like a motorbike, the frame is part of the overall look. In this case, the ‘frame’ is a carbonfibre chassis – beautifully made and confidently unpainted. The suspension components are also visible and the ‘bodywork’ consists of four plastic (or optional carbonfibre) panels – just like a motorcycle fairing.
The engine, disappointingly, isn’t some kind of flux capacitor/warp drive device. A 2.0-litre turbocharged 237bhp TFSI motor from the VW Golf GTi nestles just behind the driver.
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RE: KTM X-Bow CAR review
This has got to be the future for 'fun' cars, light and frugal but great to drive.
06 July 2008 12:47
I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with myself on this one! When asked how he sculpted "The David", Michelangelo replied that he started with the block of stone, then pictured David inside, and chipped away at anything that was not David. What a master! In the case of the X-Bow, a big dog was presented with a slab of Pedigree Chum, and saw dinner! This car is the leftovers! What a DOG! KTM should have called it the Bow-Wow. Woof!
26 June 2008 15:13
Oh and i've just finished reading it. Why do companys do this. Give the not so good car to the press. Why didin't they supply two. If they say there is a better version, thats for the track and thats whwere the mags are goning to take it. why not supply thta one?
26 June 2008 09:56
Ar- Someghtimng inside me tells me that ypu like this cra very much. Just a thought... It is a very good car, but as I'm English would sooner take the Brooke Double R. I like the deign of thsi tangerine, but hte front just doesn't cut it like the back as the press photos they give out. Looks so much better in them photos than in yours from the front. Right. Brace. Take cover... But the top 2nd photo it looks pretty good. I'll give it that.
26 June 2008 09:53
Oops, my previous post had a very, VERY embarrassing typo. It should have said "he wated to update", not "we wanted to update". Don't know the man, just like his work, sorry.
25 June 2008 23:22
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