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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.
Last June, KTM hinted that it would be adding doors, windows and a windshield to its X-Bow in time for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Austrian-based company kept its promise, revealing the X-Bow GT ahead of its official unveiling early next month.
When there’s snow and ice, there’s always time to have some fun. Out in Heteren, a village in Gelderland, Netherlands, a trio of KTM creations took to the snow and ice to have a little “playtime” as they called it.
Accompanied by a motorcycle and ATV, this KTM X-Bow took to the ice as if in its second home. For those that are unaware, the X-Bow is an ultra-lightweight sports car by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM and is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged, four-cylinder Audi powerplant. Horsepower ranges from 237-hp to 300-hp depending on the year the X-Bow was manufactured.
Now this is exactly what cars like the X-Bow were made for – fun.
Check out the video after the break.
Austrian-based KTM, best known for producing motorcycles (not to mention the lightweight X-Bow racer), has teamed up with the Austrian Institute of Technology to create an electric vehicle called the E3W.
The E3W (Electric 3-Wheeler) can carry two passengers for up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) using a 15kW motor and lithium-ion battery, not to mention a body that is primarily built of plastic. As a result, the E3W weighs just 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds).
The E3W also features Lamborghini-type doors that open to allow the two-seater to fit in small parking spaces. KTM hopes to build 50,000 of the E3W units in 2013. The price has not been confirmed for the vehicle, but estimates fall somewhere in the $7,000- $11,500 range.
GALLERY: KTM E3W
KTM has expanded their X-Bow line of models by adding the newly released X-Bow R alongside their current X-Bow Clubsport and X-Bow Street models. KTM describes the X-Bow R as a result of “further development” of their sports car, outfitting it with an Audi-sourced 2.0L TFSI power plant that pushes out 300-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque – a drastic increase from the X-Bow’s 237-hp.
The X-Bow R doesn’t just see improvements in the powertrain department. Further improvements have been made all around to support the new motor and its increased performance. In addition, the Audi 2.0L TFSI receives several enhancements to bring horsepower to 300-hp compared to the 272-hp in standard trim. KTM outfits it with a bigger turbo and upgrades the fuel system and ECU accordingly.
So for those with $83,000 lying around, the X-Bow R will get you a carbon fiber racing monococque, a mechanical limited slip differential, aluminum rear diffuser, adjustable pedals, adjustable and removal steering wheel, sport suspension (with both rebound and compression damping adjustability), keyless go system, painted rims, 4-point harness and paint work unique to the R model.