This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KTM, an Austrian firm most widely recognized for its motorcycles, has revealed its first four-wheeled model designed for the road.

The new X-Bow GT-XR, which was shown on Tuesday, traces its roots to KTM’s original X-Bow track car launched in 2008, but is more closely related to the X-Bow GT2 race car launched in 2020.

At its heart is a carbon-fiber monocoque that KTM claims is among the highest for torsional stiffness of any carbon tub used in a road car—this despite weighing just 196 lb. Carbon fiber is also used for the body and interior, helping to keep the curb weight to a low 2,755 lb.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter turbo-5 sourced from Audi, which is mounted behind the cabin and drives the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. The engine is tuned to deliver 493 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, which in a car this light should translate to scintillating performance. The 0-62 mph time is 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 174 mph, according to KTM.

The suspension is comprised of pushrods with Sachs dampers, while stopping power comes from a brake system that features 8-piston calipers at the rear axle. For buyers looking to save more weight, carbon-ceramic rotors are available. A hydraulic lift kit for the front axle is also available.

The car is fitted with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels from OZ Racing as standard, which are shod with 235/35- and 295/35-size tires, respectively. Larger center-lock wheels can also be ordered.


Entry to the two-seat cabin is via a jet fighter-style canopy that’s electrically operated, and inside it has carbon-fiber bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara, as well as a removable steering wheel with an integrated digital instrument cluster. Despite the car’s diminutive size, there’s still a small but handy 5.6 cubic feet of trunk space.

Production of the X-Bow GT-XR is being handled at KTM’s plant in Graz, Austria, and is capped at 100 units per year.

Pricing starts at 284,900 euros (approximately $282,100) and deliveries in markets where KTM operates are scheduled to start in 2023.

Related Articles