What is it?
It’s unlikely that owners of the original 240 bhp KTM X-bow models - four of them, all very similar - have found them to be down on power, but in case a few do, the company has anointed a reputable German tuner, ABT Sportsline, to come up with a 25 per cent power upgrade for the ex-Audi four-cylinder, 2.0 litre FSI petrol turbo engine.
It costs an additional £5300 including fitting, and gives the car a full 300bhp - and a Ferrari-beating power-to-weight ratio of 375bhp/tonne.
KTM bosses must also be hoping the extra power attracts more buyers. Having launched the car earlier this year, full of hope, they have been disappointed by sales, and production has been “paused” until next January. Around 300 vehicles have been sold, about 200 short of target, and there are enough X-bows in the system to fill orders until next year.
Meanwhile, there are stories that the KTM company has struck rough financial ground, and has been seeking investors.
What’s it like?
Extraordinary. The standard X-bow comes in four road-going versions, Street, Clubsport, RoC (for Race of Champions) and Superlight. All weigh around 800 kilograms. The X-Bow has an all-carbonfibre tub, a race-theory double wishbone suspension with the coil-over damper units mounted inboard, and its engine mid-mounted transversely behind the two occupants.