The X-Bow is a radical little car designed and made by KTM. It is in its third year of production and has sold over 500 units to date. The exceptionally light sports car will now be sold in South Africa, fully homologated, including being right-hand drive. X-Bow SA will import and distribute it which is an entity totally separate from the local KTM motorcycle distributor.
If you have no idea what we are talking about, the X-Bow is KTM’s first attempt at making a road-legal car and, in actual fact, it is not a bad attempt at all if you ignore the less than subtle design.
We are not able to blow you away with huge power and torque figures, but we can blow you away with performance stats. One of these stats is a 0 – 100 km/ hour in less than four seconds. Now that is an achievement for any sports car, but what makes the X-Bow’s stat sound so much better is that it is achieved with only 177 kW of power; this is mainly due to the fact that it merely weighs 790 kilograms.
The real twist in this tail is the motor; KTM have not spent any precious minutes on building a new motor for the X-Bow and have instead opted for an Audi motor. That means that all 177 kW come from an Audi 2.0 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection.
The X-Bow will also reach 220 km/ hour, which is probably about as comfortable as sticking your head out of any car whilst travelling on the highway. Although having said that, knowing KTM’s philosophy of “Ready to Race”, they probably envisioned you racing around a circuit with your helmet on rather than cruising on the highway.
The X-Bow is not every man’s toy, because it will set you back just shy of a million rand, however you will not be let down and will have endless hours of fun both on and off the track. Visit http://www.xbowsa.com for more information.