Being a purist is hard work. That's true with just about everything, but it's particularly true when it comes to lightweight roadsters. Jettisoning all manner of refinements including sound deadening, ride compliance and weather protection makes for a more vivid motoring experience, but it also demands a lot more of the driver. As diehard enthusiasts, we're all for that kind of compromise, but if you're on the retailing end, offering such uncompromising, narrowcast cars as the KTM X-Bow has a way of narrowing one's buying audience.

Enter the new KTM X-Bow GT, which adds at least a thin veneer of refinement to the spindly trackday hero in the form of a windshield and side glass. The standard X-Bow, you'll recall, makes do with but a sliver of a wind blocker – the sort of assembly that doesn't keep the bugs out of your teeth, let alone the rain and chill away from your body. So even if it doesn't look quite as racy, this new X-Bow GT should improve the car's long-distance livability and add a few more driving days to the season. It will even be available with heated front and side glass and, luxury of luxuries, a windshield wiper/washer system. Still no word of a top of any sort, however.

The GT is based on the X-Bow R, which relies on a version Audi's ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four. In this tune, the engine is said to be good for 285 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. For the moment, KTM isn't releasing any performance, pricing or availability information, but we should know more when we see the car unveiled at next week's Geneva Motor Show.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      i don't really like the look of these but hell it must be fun to drive this thing without a helmet
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know this is by any measure a track car but it would be nice if they would offer a minimal all-enclosed cabin so people could pretend it's a daily driver.
      Roberto Hernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just build a car already!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow , that is one quick Go Kart !!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can understand why KTM wants to expand their X-Bow market, but they are going to have to try much harder. I remember seeing a Top Gear UK episode from its last series (season), where Clarkson was driving the X-Bow on British roads and he pointed out some legitimate problems in simply starting the car, let alone using it as a normal car. The X-Bow has been around a while, so maybe they should put their limited resources into redesigning the X-Bow's chassis to allow an enclosed cabin or a convertible top. Expensive toys have their charms, but if KTM wants to become a "car" company, then they need to build real cars and not compromised toys.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a pope-mobile.
      Ae Neuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is stupid. the whole point of the x-bow was to get away from the very crap they are putting back on.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice addition but irrelevant because it's not affordable. Seriously, how is this track car the same price as a new 911?? If they wanted to sell these the target price should be 1/3 - 1/2 a 911's cost.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That will be a great feature for some who would have otherwise went elsewhere, perhaps a Caterham. My question is however, how does one go about getting inside of the X-Bow GT, let alone starting it?
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