Monday, December 21, 2009

Geneva Preview: KTM X-BOW Full Press Pack Released

"Hide & Seek" is over for the KTM X-BOW as the Austrian bike manufacture released the full press pack of its street-homologated sports car. The X-BOW is KTM’s first attempt of this sort so it was only logical that it would seek the help of “specialists” like Dallara who not only designed the carbon fibre monocoque but it will also produce the sports car at its factory in Italy. KTM’s other big partner is Audi who provided the drivetrain: the220Hp 2.0 TFSI 4-cylindre engine which is complemented by a manual 6-gear transmission. An optional DSG transmission will also be offered. According to KTM the lightweight X-BOW (700 kg or 1.543 pounds) accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an "Enzo I got u" time of 3.9 seconds.

The car shown at the Geneva Show will base a pilot series of 100 units, which will be produced in Dallara’s factory at the end of 2007. If all goes well in Geneva, KTM is considering to extend the pilot series of the X-Bow into a small-series production between 500 and 1000 units a year that would take place in Austria in 2008. If this happens, KTM is projecting a base price of 40,000 EUROS (about 52.500 USD). Not bad at all.

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