The X-Bow is a light weight roadster offering the kind of performance you'd get from a supercar for a fraction of the price. Little surprise then that demand for the new roadster has forced its manufacturer, Austrian motorbike specialist KTM, to build a new factory specifically to supply enough X-Bows to meet the growing list of customer orders.

Being KTM's first attempt at building a sports car, no one predicted the surging demand the X-Bow has received. The company originally planned to build just 500 examples per year but ended up taking nearly 1,000 orders before the car even went on sale. It's scheduled to arrive in early 2008 and will feature a price tag around the $55,000 mark.

For that money, customers will get a carbon fiber monocoque track special powered by a 220hp 2.0L TFSI engine sourced from Audi. It's lightweight, minimalist design should allow it to accelerate from 0-60mph in under four seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 180mph. Not bad for $55K.

[Source: Autocar]

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