KTM launches a limited-run version of its X-Bow sports car with an extreme focus on weight-saving; just 10 will be built

KTM has revealed a new limited-run version of its X-Bow sports car, which gains power and sheds weight with the fitment of an uprated engine and all-carbonfibre bodywork.

Like the GT model on which it is based, the Black Edition is powered by an Audi-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, in the new model it produces 316bhp, sending drive rearwards through a new quick-shifting manual gearbox.

KTM has also swapped the GT's composite skin for lighter carbonfibre bodywork, which is visible through a thin layer of clear matt lacquer. It's also fitted a carbon underfloor and new five-bolt forged racing wheels to keep unsprung mass down.

Exactly how much weight has been saved is yet to be revealed by KTM, but there’s little doubt the diet and a more potent engine will enable the Black Edition to accelerate from 0-62mph in close to three seconds.

Inside, the car gets bespoke finishes, including new Black Edition seat trim and a numbered plaque to signify its build number.

Just 10 models will be produced, priced from €99,000 excluding taxes (about £92,000 including tax). All Black Editions will be hand-built in Austria; buyers will also get a free tour of the factory and some branded clothing.

Our Verdict

The KTM X-Bow has a carbonfibre tub that's mostly exposed and is in many ways it's similar to the skeletal Ariel Atom

The KTM X-Bow offers eccentric looks and sharp handling but it's an expensive first effort from the motorcycle maker

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