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.
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.
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.
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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