• Jul 2nd 2010 at 1:59PM
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According to reports streaming out of Italy, KTM is set to debut new versions of its X-Bow sportscar. Good news indeed, as the last we heard the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer was putting the brakes on its four-wheeled endeavors in the wake of losses due to the economic downturn.

If you thought 0-60 in under four seconds was plenty quick... well, it is, but KTM will still be upping power from the standard car's 237 horses to something over 300 for the new R model, which should put the X-Bow into the 3.0-second-flat range. With acceleration like that, the only things likely to beat you from stoplight to stoplight are on two wheels, and then only maybe.

If you don't need such mind-bending forces on your body and would rather pamper your posterior a wee bit, KTM is also said to be working on a T model. We'd guess that moniker would stand for Touring, as the machine is said to be equipped with such niceties as an actual windshield. Time for a cross-country road-trip, no?

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Steven R. Russell
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fools and foolishness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hay AB cant you filter the bs out of comments
      this is no place for idiots and the lovelorn and thier crap
      • 5 Years Ago
      KTM is look like cat, sorry a wild cat. like to fly with this 300 HP.

      Rob Cook
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see one with a VW TDI engine...sub 5 seconds to 60 and 60mpg...that would be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Azriel was the name of the cat on the Smurfs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i dont know..personally i like the looks of the ariel atom over this.
      not a bad tracktoy though...
      i must say if they do make a Touring model that i would want !
        • 5 Years Ago
        a touring model would be great , Lotus would have serious competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Step one is actually making this thing available in the US. Especially the touring model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I honestly thought KTM shelved this little guy. I'm glad to hear that is not the case. Tossing in some more HP is always a good way to get a little boost in sales!
        • 5 Years Ago

        Variants? I didn't realize they ever came to market with the original??? Perhaps variants aren't the problem. Perhaps it's the dealer network and marketing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i always loved the look of the KTM, but assumed the Ariel was more sorted and faster around the track... until C&D ran them together around VIR and the KTM absolutely pulverized the Ariel, beating it by 5 seconds despite similar top speeds. the KTM also finished a mere .5 seconds off the ZR1 Vette around VIR, even though it gave up 26 mph on the front straight. the perfect track tool?
        • 5 Years Ago
        not sure where you got that info, the track photos over at C&D clearly show it was running some sticky DOT's. every test i've seen of the x-bow feature DOT's as well. i am sure whatever it was running are uber-sticky, but there's no reason to think the Vette had anything but the best supercar rubber too. the little KTM is so light with good aerodynamics, i'm sure it can do things under braking and mid-corner that the Vette can only dream about.
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