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KTM X-Bow gets drawn in Birmingham

2008-01-04 07:37
Renowned Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is set to display a gleaming white version of the much anticipated X-Bow two-seater sportscar at the Autosport International Car Racing show.

The show is set to run from 10-13 January in Birmingham and showcases some of the most important contemporary players in the global track-day industry.

The X-Bow on show will be a white version, eschewing the tradisional orange and black KTM colour scheme.

Track special

Designed by KTM's long-time partner Kiska Design, the X-Bow project was engineered by KTM with assistance from Dallara, the famous Italian manufacturer of open-wheel racing cars. It first broke cover at the Geneva International Motor Show last year.

The X-Bow carbon-fibre monocoque weighs only 70kg and features an integral crashworthy structure.

Wishbone-type suspension arms have been fabricated from aerodynamic sections of steel (aluminium would be too bulky), and the front, racing-type pushrod suspension units improve packaging.

Audi power

Power comes from Audi's familiar direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-litre, inline-four.

Apparently KTM had planned to work jointly with Audi on the X-Bow, but the German company's reservations about a car without street-legal safety equipment (Audi wanted airbags) made it impossible to display the four rings of Audi anywhere on the car.

Nevertheless, Audi has made its powertrain available. The 2.0-liter will be offered in three states of tune, a baseline 165kW version, plus chipped 193kW and 223kW alternatives.

With the X-Bow weighting only 725kg - with the 34-litre fuel tank filled - performance promises to be epic, whether equipped with either the six-speed manual or fabled Audi S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shift.

With customer orders for X-Bow exceeding all expectations, series production of KTM's newcomer is scheduled to commence with a run of 100 limited-edition 'Dallara Series' models.

The special 'Dallara Series' will feature extra equipment to boost the track-day sporty potential of X-Bow.

Subsequently, KTM will produce up to 1000 X-Bow sportscars per year at its new dedicated four-wheeled Centre of Excellence manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.

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