KTM has thoroughly improved the X-Bow with its new GT model – beyond just adding some glass and doors to the street-legal race car.
Sitting pretty at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the X-Bow GT is thoroughly tweaked and refined to be an even more formidable sports car. Starting with the new elements that were added, the windscreen and side windows are made from laminated safety glass and blend seamlessly into each other to help create the “helmet visor effect,” according to KTM.
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In addition, the windscreen is heatable for quick defrosting, features a single-arm windscreen wiper with wash/wipe function, and portable sun visors. With the addition of the windscreen and side windows, KTM fine-tuned the X-Bow GT’s aerodynamics to generate less drag and even more downforce. There’s a new snorkel for the intake, an uprated fan, and a powerful heater in the GT.
Changes to the aesthetics that also affect the aerodynamics include narrower headlight surrounds, and the front hood now slopes down sharply to the front splitter. The front wheel fairings also improve aerodynamics while a wind deflector prevents turbulence in the interior and protects the cabin from dust.
KTM also redesigned the center console and cockpit slightly with new integrated controls. As for the doors, they open and close conveniently with gas shock absorbers.
However, the biggest changes are to the rear. The new look in the rear comes from bodywork with large air vents over the mid-mounted engine.
Power continues to come from a 2.0-liter TFSI engine sourced from Audi with 285 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Combined with the lightweight carbon fiber monocoque, the X-Bow GT has an impressive 6.6 pound / hp power-to-weight ratio. The sole transmission offered on the X-Bow GT remains a six-speed manual – but would you really have it any other way?
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