Track special will be available through KTM dealer network, cost £37,888
10 January 2008

Autocar is live from the floor of Autosport International 2008 this morning, where KTM has just launched its first ever car to the UK – the hardcore, high-performance KTM X-Bow.

This track-biased, road legal racer looks stunning in the metal - especially the ‘Glacial White’ fully-loaded example taking pride of place here at the Birmingham NEC.

After it goes on sale this summer, the X-Bow will be available through KTM’s 45-strong UK motorcycle dealer network. Prices will start at £37,888 for the basic car with the sports chassis. They rise to a maximum of £49,000, depending on how hardcore you’d like to get.

All X-Bows come with a limited slip differential but an alternative, even stiffer racing chassis is also available, as are carbon fibre panels and central-fixing wheel nuts (rather than the standard five locking nuts) for quick tyre changes during pit stops.

Potential customers will also be able to spec and order an X-Bow on the company’s website. The car’s then shipped directly from the factory in Austria, so there’s no UK importer to deal with. KTM is offering a two-year warranty on all X-Bows, plans to build 1000 per year and is taking deposits now.

One individual visiting the show got so excited he placed his order while we were talking to the guys at the KTM stand, and insisted he had no intention of doing so until the X-Bow caught his eye at the show. We know how he feels - can’t wait to get behind the wheel. See our gallery for the reasons why.

Will Powell

Our Verdict

KTM X-Bow

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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