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KTM X-Bow 'Race' released for private sale, price at €82,900

 

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The Race version isn't a factory hotrod, but it is ready to enter into GT4 competition

The Race version isn't a factory hotrod, but it is ready to enter into GT4 competition

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As if the standard X-Bow weren't track-ready enough, KTM has decided to release its ex-works X-Bow 'Race' models from FIA GT4 competition to private sale. Sold as ready-to-race privateer cars, the new X-Bows aren't monstrous, V8-powered fire-breathers, but rather finely tuned and honed cars for the class - where they met with success in the 2008 season.

Though the X-Bow 'Race' gets its power from a diminutive 2.0L Audi TFSI engine rated at just 237hp (177kW) the car's performance is still rather brutal thanks to its very light weight of 1,815lb (825kg) dry. Zero to 62mph (100km/h) is achieved in just 3.9 seconds, and 100mph (160km/h) takes 8.51 seconds. Lateral acceleration maxes out at 1.8g in race trim, though top speed is just 137mph (220km/h). All of that aerodynamic bodywork does come to good effect, with 105lb (48kg) downforce at 62mph (100km/h) and 424lb (193kg) downforce at 124mph (200km/h).

Customer deliveries of the new car are expected to begin in January of next year, and at a price of €82,900 ($103,000), the cars command a significant premium over their standard X-Bow counterparts. That extra expense gets a massive list of extra race-tested and proven componentry, however, including upgraded dampers, brake pads, catalytic converter, racing tires, six-point harness, Kevlar-reinforced side-panels, tougher roll hoops, fire extinguisher system, a low-profile racing windscreen, removal of the handbrake and front fins, plus visible unpainted carbon fiber body work as standard.

Options that can be added at the customer's request include racing brake discs, adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, airjack systems for quick pit changes, 2D data logging systems with software, a carbon fiber tonneau cover, and more.

Another special-edition version of the X-Bow, though without the hardcore racing credentials, is the Dallara series, limited to just 100 cars. KTM is reportedly planning a five-model lineup, with a city car and an SUV in the mix.

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