Austrian-built KTM X-bow track car will appear at Birmingham's NEC next weekend
4 January 2008

The most hardcore sports car to hit the market since the Ariel Atom will come to the UK next week. The eagerly awaited two-seat KTM X-Bow, will take its UK debut at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the Birmingham NEC, which opens to the public on Saturday 12 January.

This track-tuned but road-legal racing car - built by a brand known only for its motorbikes - will cost around £35k, making it a direct rival for the Lotus 2-Eleven and Ariel Atom 300. It goes on sale later this year and will be built in Graz, Austria.

A ‘Gleaming White’ version of the X-Bow will be shown for the first time at the Autosport event. If you want one, you’ll have to get on the waiting list soon – KTM’s already taken more advanced orders than expected but now intends to build 1000 X-Bows per year.

Will Powell

Our Verdict


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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4 January 2008

Will this get taken to Bruntingthorpe and scorch Jason Plato?

I think we need to know.

4 January 2008

Is the market for track day specials not getting a bit over crowded. When all said and done this market has limited numbers of clients in a specialist area.

I am sure the car will handle and out accelerate most other things available though.

5 January 2008

I think the market never looked healthier, as our roads get more and more congested and regulated, more and more people turn to the track to have some fun. Once you start driving normal cars on the track you quickly develop an appetite for more purpose built machinery (and are hapy to bum around in a golf diesel on the road)

You will get a 13 month wait if you order an Atom at the moment and it just keeps getting longer.

KTM originally planned to build 100 at Dallara as a pilot build to judge demand. Demand was so high on launch that they scrapped the idea to do the first 100 in Italy and decided to go into full production in Austria with Magna. Magna can only build 1000 a year and based on demand so far, that will not be enoug, KTM are now building their own dedicated factory near salzburg to keep up with demand!


6 January 2008

Triumph should make a car like ktm but maybe less brutale and sexier!

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6 January 2008

[quote Kee Law]but at the end of the day i think people would tend to tighten purse strings in times like these[/quote]

you are right of course, in difficult times people will always be a bit more careful about what they spend their cash on, esecially if its a toy.

I meant more the maket for track day cars within the market for performance cars was to increase. I think that as the roads get less fun to drive on more people wil get their kicks on the track and of those less will want to do it with a ton and a half of expensive exotic and more will turn to the lightweight track car like the ktm ,atom,caterham etc

6 January 2008

[quote bruh_la]I think that as the roads get less fun to drive on more people wil get their kicks on the track and of those less will want to do it with a ton and a half of expensive exotic and more will turn to the lightweight track car like the ktm ,atom,caterham etc[/quote]

Lets face it, in the real world exotic or not, bespoke track day cars are still bloody expensive, and I for one would still be scared wit less to run around £20K worth of machinery that could get crunched in a big way.

The market that could grow, especially in time of an economic squeeze, is either ex track cars, or older cars that can be converted using very little time and money. I built and ran an old Porsche 944, gutted and caged, on a couple of track days. It was as quick as a standard Elise round Brands Hatch and if I had of stuffed it, I could have walked away knowing I'd only spent £2k on it.

All you have to really do is look at the thread about the Autocar 250 (videos section) to see how much fun you can have with out spending silly money.



It's all about the twisties........

7 January 2008

I am one of those people who have sold the 'exotica' to run a 'cheaper' track car. Of course, the KTM isn't cheap at £37k, by any means, but it's the overall costs and style of car that has to be taken into consideration...

My Porsche Cayman S was a fantastic all-rounder I could drive in comfort to the circuit, with Sat Nav guiding me, and clmate control to keep me comfortable. All you had to remember was to press the Sport button and disengage the phone module when you're entering the circuit!

The downfall of course, was the cost of tyres, pads & discs, servicing intervals reduced, and the fear of even marking one of those body panels or the very expensive carrera sport wheels, let along a serious knock!!

The KTM on the other hand has smaller tyres, smaller brakes, less body panels (which are all 'bike-like' floating panels, and easily replaced), less weight, so I'm presuming less strain on the mechanical parts, cheaper clutch, etc, etc....

Judging by the Ariel Atom, the KTM should also hold its value far better than any road car. Going halves with a friend is often a good idea too, as you're not going to be wanting to drive something like this every day of the week! At least it halves running costs.

I'm certainly looking forward to taking delivery later this year, and with the extra performance, it certainly makes a lot of sense to me!


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