The 240hp (179kW) X-Bow features a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, and day-glow orange extreme track-day styling. The company, which is better known for its exploits in motorcycle manufacture, is only building about 500 of the cars per year at its Graz, Austria factory, so with the standing requests in the U.S. already numbering 600, there's already the potential for a year-long wait list once it does arrive. The news of KTM's reconsideration of the matter comes from DealerNews, though at this point it's still just a promise of effort on the promise of KTM's U.S. managing director for sales and marketing, Hubert Trunkenpolz.
"We will do whatever is possible to bring the car to the U.S.— that, I promise," Trunkenpolz said. "We need support of the VW/Audi Group and we need to overcome some legal hurdles concerning licensing, but at the end of the day we want to see this car on the streets in America."
While that's great news for bare-bones roadster enthusiasts that already have an Ariel Atom or simply want something a little different, there remain a number of potential barriers to the car's import. With the very limited numbers, crash testing and other safety concerns may not be a major issue, but getting the vehicle licensed and on the road will likely prove a challenge.
Pricing in the U.S. also remains unknown, but the European pricing for the cars is €54,561, or about $80,500.