X-BOW R for 2011 Details Surface; Testing On Now

A new variant of KTM’s X-BOW model is being developed, and will be called the X-BOW R for 2011. Reports say that testing is going on at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and some photos have also emerged. A boutique Austrian automaker, KTM focuses mostly on motorbikes and bicycles.

According to initial reports, the X-BOW R will be a sportier version of the current X-BOW, which has been available since 2008. The same 2.0 liter TFSI engine is featured in the new version, as in the Audi S3 but has been dialed up to around 300 PS (221 kW), say the reports.

The vehicle is a homologated, two-seat, open supercar that weighs 790 kgs. It has a carbon-fiber monocoque frame and the standard model features a 240 PS (177 kW) version of that VW Group-sourced 2.0 liter TFSI power plant. The performance-oriented design of the X-BOW for the R version are enhanced by a suspension lowering of the car and a new engine mount set-up that will ensure better handling.

There will be new options packages for the X-BOW R from KTM. These include a road-legal Sport package and a Race kit for a track-only version. The parts included in these packages can be obtained separately from KTM’s PowerParts equipment program. More details and price will come out in early 2011.

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