Currently reading: New KTM X-Bow GT2 is road-ready, 600bhp track weapon
Austrian firm's second road car will use a tuned version of the Audi RS3's turbocharged five-cylinder engine

KTM is developing a road-legal version of its X-Bow GT2, which will rival low-volume lightweights including the Dallara Stradale and Radical Rapture.

It will be the Austrian motorbike and race-car manufacturer's second road-legal car after the KTM X-Bow, which has been sold in various forms since 2008.

Our photographers spotted a prototype testing at the Nürburgring, wearing a bespoke bodyshell and significantly different to the original X-Bow.

It appeared with a smaller rear spoiler than when we first saw it undergoing cold weather testing, as well as less camouflage, revealing a smooth, sculpted flank and carbonfibre splitters all round, plus a large diffuser at the rear.

It touts power and performance specifications that take aim at established supercars, as well as racing pedigree.

Power comes from a rear-mounted turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, as used by the Audi RS3, although the GT2 racer boosts output to 600bhp and 531lb ft, compared with the X-Bow R's 296bhp and 295lb ft. 

Ktm x bow gt2 16

KTM has yet to confirm whether the road-going engine will be tuned to the same specification of the race unit.

Drive is channeled to the rear axle through a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a limited-slip differential. 

Fundamentally, the X-Bow GT2 is based around the same Dallara-designed 80kg carbonfibre monocoque as the X-Bow, which KTM says "has been tried and tested in a dozen crashes since 2008". For the hardtop car, it's paired with an FIA-approved steel roll cage.

A jet fighter-style canopy lid made of carbonfibre provides access to the cabin, but small glass windows at the side can also be fully opened. 

All up, KTM says the X-Bow GT2 racer tips the scales at 1048kg dry. Added equipment necessary for the road car's homologation will no doubt push that figure up slightly, but engineers will work together with KTM's race team to "focus on lightweight construction" throughout the development process. 

Back to top

KTM will release further details closer to the X-Bow GT2 road car's launch. The company told Autocar that it remains committed to a 100-car maximum output per year and that each X-Bow GT2 will be a highly bespoke commission according to its customer's desires. 

Felix Page

Felix Page
Title: News and features editor

Felix is Autocar's news editor, responsible for leading the brand's agenda-shaping coverage across all facets of the global automotive industry - both in print and online.

He has interviewed the most powerful and widely respected people in motoring, covered the reveals and launches of today's most important cars, and broken some of the biggest automotive stories of the last few years. 

Join the debate

Add a comment…
Ravon 17 August 2022

ISn't this the same car that Christian Menzel has been racing in the VLN Series on the Nurburgring for the last two seasons  ?

Peter Cavellini 17 August 2022

 Going to change my viewpoint, it looks from the side like a first gen Pagani?, but, it should be one helluva performer, light, more than enough power,and I hope handles like a dream!

xxxx 24 January 2022

Bring it on, never understood why there was no follow up to the X Bow, just needed a roof  and doors