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Austrian design students envision range of KTM concepts

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Students of the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria have designed a set of six KTM-inspired concepts. Using the edgy, futuristic design language made famous in KTM's motorcycles and X-Bow roadster, the students have styled a high-performance buggy, an environmentally-friendly sportster, a water-borne motocross vehicle and more.

KTM SR85 Deuce

KTM SR85 Deuce

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The most KTM-looking - at least for those familiar primarily with the X-Bow - is the KTM AX (pictured above), a four-wheel off-road buggy with a radically aggressive design. The layout, styling and coloration of the car are very similar to the X-Bow, and it gives the appearance of being every bit as capable in the dirt as the X-Bow is on the tarmac.

Next up is the SR85 Deuce. Designed as a lightweight and sporty yet environmentally-friendly vehicle, the SR85 Deuce is designed specifically for the Devon Run, a hypothetical future challenge for green vehicles powered by electric motors. The KTM 360 takes the same concept, but applies it to the motorcyle world and throws in a healthy dose of freestyle riding and trick capability.

The final three concepts are not land vehicles at all - two take to the water, while a third flies. The KTM CX is a jet-ski-like device that's intended to 'bring the moto-x spirit to the water', but looks more like a snowmobile. The Barracuda, on the other hand, takes a more conventional boat-type design, but throws a twist at it by adding a set of hydrofoils for high-speed, low-drag cruising.

KTM Barracuda

KTM Barracuda

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Finally, the KTM Ascender flight vehicle promises gas-turbine-powered access to the skies in a small, highly mobile platform. Looking somewhat like a Cylon raider interpreted by KTM, it might be more frightening than inspiring to see one of these in action.

KTM Ascender flight vehicle

KTM Ascender flight vehicle

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All of these design studies are only in the theoretical stages at this point, with no plans for actual real-world construction. Nevertheless, they show what a little imagination and a lot of talent can do to expand on a simple theme.
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  1. I would really like to have that AX. It would be killer as a weekend toy.
     
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  2. The AX is badass! Considering KTM's specialty is Motocross/dirt bikes, a hardcore, lightweight off-roader would fit perfectly in their lineup. In fact, it would have made more sense for KTM to release that first, rather than the Xbow.
     
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  3. That is awsome, keep up the good work.
     
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  4. I would really like to have that AX.Might be killer or rocking as a weekend toy.Anyways good steps by the Austrian students.
     
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