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2017 KTM X-Bow RR Review

2017 KTM X-Bow RR on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

The Ultimate Weapon in the Battle for one Hundreths of a Second...

Horses from Maranello? Steeds from Zuffenhausen? Stars from Stuttgart? Bulls from Sant'Agata? Or rather three letters from Mattighofen? If you want to take on the best, you need to be well prepared. Just like our factory driver Reinhard Koffler, who acquainted himself with the KTM X-BOW RR during the 2012 motorsports season and celebrated incredible successes against supposedly superior opponents. The KTM X-BOW RR is the essence of all the experience that KTM has gained since 2008 in the widest variety of motorsports events around the globe. Tuned uncompromisingly for victory, almost limitlessly customisable, alarmingly fast for its opponents - and still surprisingly affordable. Depending on the configuration level, the "RR" can be the perfect vehicle for KTM's own one-make cup ("KTM X-BOW BATTLE") or an extremely awkward rival for the aforementioned international competitors. Talk to the specialists from our Motorsport department, who do their best to fulfil every customer request - after all, they're always "Ready to Race" as well!


 



2017 KTM X-Bow RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The idea behind KTM’s first 4-wheel model

KTM is a company built around racing.


For our first sports car, we applied the same approach we have always applied to our race focused motorcycles.


The design concept.


Focused on only including elements that directly add to the performance and function of the vehicle. Trim away and leave off everything else. Assemble the best suppliers of the necessary components and use the strongest, lightest and most advanced materials available.


Only the best.


The chassis was developed with Italian sports car specialists Dallara and composites experts Wethje. KTM Technologies and engine partner Audi refined the performance and WP created a suspension system that allows exceptional handling and cornering agility

 


X-Bow technology

Revolutionary. Puristic. Radical.

The production KTM X-BOW is KTM’s interpretation of a super sports car for the 21st century. "We took Colin Chapman's idea of a spartan, lightweight sports car reduced to the bare essentials and transfered it into the new millennium – with as many technological innovations as possible", says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer, of the first four-wheeled model in KTM’s history


Breaking boundaries
Iconic Design from Kiska
Pure race bred technology
Gran turismo with Racing-DNA


The world’s first production car with a full carbon composite monocoque. Produced by carbon-fibre specialists Wethje the monocoque weighs just 80 kg yet has exceptional safety levels. Aerodynamics derived from open-wheel racing, jointly developed by KTM Technologies and Dallara produces 100 kg of down force at 200 km/h, allowing up to 2 G of lateral acceleration – superior to any other street-legal car


A revolutionary production plant

The KTM X-BOW has been manufactured in a purpose-built plant in Graz since June 2008. It is one of the world's most modern vehicle limited-production facilities and was built in a matter of months in accordance with the latest standards.

 

State-of-the-art logistics and technology

KTM has developed ingenious warehousing, special transport logistics (including specially designed transport containers for the valuable carbon-fibre parts) and special assembly technologies

 

From factory straight to race track

Naturally, customers and interested parties are welcome to visit us at any time in Graz – whether it be to buy new performance parts or to find out all there is to know about the KTM X-BOW. For all those who would like to collect their vehicle from the Graz factory, there is a special offer, which is supervised personally by site manager Michael Wölfling in person: "With the KTM X-BOW, we are not merely selling a car, but a unique experience. Every customer naturally receives a guided tour around our factory. Anyone who wants to can even watch their vehicle pass through the final stages of production – and then drive directly to their first driver training session on the Red Bull Ring

 

 

2017 KTM X-Bow RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Aerodynamics


Downforce
The KTM X-BOW RR supplies technical solutions from the racing world. The design of the ingenious aerodynamics - developed by KTM Technologies in cooperation with Dallara - is particularly impressive. However, many additional aerodynamic parts are used on the "RR". Thanks to a double front splitter, many "flics" and air baffles, plus the larger rear spoiler, around 400 kg of downforce are generated at 200 km/h – almost twice as much as the already impressive values of the KTM X-BOW R. Depending on the tyres, over 2.0 G of lateral acceleration is possible – more than with any other street-legal production vehicle and practically at the same level as formula racing vehicles.


Underbody
One look underneath the KTM X-BOW RR reveals the three-piece, completely flat, racing underbody derived from formula racing vehicles.


Diffuser
Air flows optimally into the rear diffuser, which ensures distribution of pressure in the underbody thanks to its asymmetric design. It generates a large part of the downforce.

 

Chassis


Forged Wheels
The racing wheels with central wheel nut are made from high-strength, forged aluminum and fitted as standard exclusively to the KTM X-BOW RR. Alongside the intricate design that also improves brake ventilation, the uncompromisingly lightweight construction saves 3 kilogrammes per wheel, thereby reducing the unsprung masses on the "RR" by a whole 12 kilogrammes!


Brakes from Brembo
Extreme power demands an equivalent level of brake performance. The KTM X-BOW RR employs a Brembo brake system, featuring a four-piston, fixed-calliper brake on the front axle, with an internally ventilated, slotted disc measuring 305 mm in diameter – this large brake system is also used on the rear axle of the "RR". The driver can directly adjust the distribution of braking power between front and rear axles using the balance beam that is installed as standard on the "RR".


Adjustable Stabilisers and Push-Rods
Adjustable stabilisers on the front and rear axles are just as much a matter of course at the racetrack as adjustable, particularly short push-rods when it comes to lowering the vehicle significantly.


Springs and Dampers from WP
Together with chassis and test-drive guru Loris Bicocchi, WP Suspension was involved in developing the springs and dampers for the KTM X-BOW from the very beginning. This expertise and the accumulated experience that the KTM X-BOW development team has gained in four years of racing, among others in the European GT4 Championship, the DMV-TCC and the KTM X-BOW BATTLE, are perceptible in the "RR" from the very first moment. For example, the stiffness of the springs can of course be chosen freely to suit the conditions at every racetrack.


Michelin Pilot Sport or Slick
High-performance tyres, that have been developed especially for super sports cars and use on the racetrack, among others for the KTM X-BOW RR: For track-day drivers, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup provides the best compromise between suitability for everyday use and performance on the racetrack. For use in professional motorsport, there are a variety of different mixes for the slick as well as wet tyres to suit the "RR".

 

Drive train


Torque Support
The extreme forces of the engine are cushioned in the KTM X-BOW RR by a torque support, which is mounted directly on the carbon monocoque.


High-Performance Radiators
The generously dimensioned, high-performance radiators on the KTM X-BOW are a match for any task. As a result, neither the engine cooling system nor that for the charge-air cooler need to be enlarged for use in racing. Only the throughput of the charge-air cooler has been increased through use of a racing water pump, in order to keep the charge-air temperature as low as possible, even during the toughest racetrack use.


Engine Technology from World of Racing
The rear end of the KTM X-BOW RR accommodates a 2.0-litre TFSI engine, featuring gasoline direct injection and turbocharging with highly effective charge air cooling. Depending on the intended use and engine management software employed, the power unit can be prepared for deployment in the KTM X-BOW BATTLE or long-distance races. In every case, modified injection nozzles, a larger fuel pump, a larger turbocharger and completely revamped intake and exhaust systems provide for a substantial increase in performance compared with the series production model. The engine astonishes with exceptional power and torque characteristics, relatively low fuel consumption and outstanding reliability.


Transmission
The manual 6-speed gearbox in the KTM X-BOW RR can be reconfigured for racetrack use. Alongside the existing short-shifting movement, it is also possible to install a CNC-machined gearshift lever that impresses with extremely short and precise shifting paths. And naturally the standard Drexler limited slip differential ensures optimum propulsion in every curve on the racetrack. The whole gearbox unit is provided with lubricant at the optimal temperature, thanks to an additional oil radiator.


Performance Package
A tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel stiffens the subframe of the KTM X-BOW RR even further. This significantly increases the torsional stiffness of the vehicle, thereby improving handling even further, especially when exiting corners under full load.


Frame
The aluminum spaceframe is the central supporting element for the engine/gearbox assembly. The whole unit also sits 19 millimetres lower in the KTM X-BOW RR, thereby lowering the already impressively low centre of gravity by another 15 millimetres. As a direct consequence, even greater lateral acceleration forces and even higher cornering speeds are possible.

 

KTM X-Bow Battle


Racing for every X-Bow Owner
Would you like to pit yourself against other X-BOW owners on the racetrack? Then the KTM X-BOW BATTLE is precisely the place for you. But don’t worry: The "Battle" is not merely another one-make cup; it is more like one big family, whose members take childlike pleasure in racing and in their vehicles. The good-natured feeling of togetherness in the paddock is at least as important here as performance on the racetrack. Opposition – with the necessary respect – is only to be found on the racetrack. Everywhere else, everyone is happy to socialise and talk shop together. Don't miss out on this experience.

 

Monocoque


Belts
Driver and passenger are protected by a six-point safety belt from Schroth, which is also used in racing.


Extremly light, extremely stable
Four layers of carbon fibre, epoxy resin, elaborate handiwork, autoclave technology: they all come together to produce the twin-wall, two-part, extremely lightweight, carbon monocoque, which is manufactured by composite-fibre specialist Wethje in Germany. The result is a carbon-fibre construction that provides the highest levels of safety, but only weighs 80 kilogrammes – with an unbelievably high torsional stiffness of 35,000 Nm/o. Alongside the safety factor, the monocoque can provide a further decisive advantage in racing use: Damage can be repaired in next to no time and very inexpensively.


TechnologicaLeadership
The KTM X-BOW is the first production vehicle to boast a monocoque made completely from composite carbon fibre material – a trailblazing and pioneering technology, previously reserved exclusively for racing vehicles.


Roll bars
In the event of a rollover, optimum protection is guaranteed by the steel roll bars integrated in the monocoque: They withstand loads of up to 7 times the weight of the vehicle.


Side and rear Collision Protection
The side "protection drops" and carbon rear-end collision protection have been developed especially for use in the European GT Championship and for the FIA homologation required for this purpose. They prevent the wheels of the KTM X-BOW RR from interlocking with those of other vehicles in tough one-on-one combat.


Racing Windshield & Racing Footwell Cover
Nowhere are optimum aerodynamics more important than in racing. So the carbon racing windshield not only saves weight, it also guides the airflow over the cockpit in a substantially more streamlined manner. Also made from carbon, the footwell cover minimises air turbulence in the cockpit.


Crash Box
The crash box at the nose of the vehicle provides additional safety. Thanks to its carbon-aluminum sandwich construction, it even complies with the strict safety regulations of the FIA-GT and Formula 3.


Headrest
The racing headrest has been developed especially for use on the racetrack. It provides the driver with additional safety and stability by supporting the helmet and it can of course also be used simultaneously with a HANS® system. .





 

2017 KTM X-Bow RR - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

Engine
" Design
4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
1984 cm³
" Power
subject to specification
" Max. torque
subject to specification
" Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
" Fuel consumption
subject to specification
" CO2 emissions
subject to specification
Chassis
" Dimensions
3738 x 1915 x 1202 mm
" Wheelbase
2430 mm
" Turning circle
10.8 m
" Track front/rear
1672 / 1626 mm
" Power transmission
Rear-wheel drive with mechanical slip differential
" Transmission
6-speed transmission, manual
" Tyres front/rear
205/40 R17 / 255/35 R18
" Height of centre of gravity
380 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
" Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
810 kg
" Maximum speed
subject to specification
" Acceleration 0-100 km/h
subject to specification
" Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
" Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
subject to specification
" Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
subject to specification
" Lateral acceleration
>2.0 g (semi-slicks)
" Static weight distribution (front/rear)
37:63


 


 

2017 KTM X-Bow RR - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in CDN

Engine
" Design
4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
1984 cm³
" Power
subject to specification
" Max. torque
subject to specification
" Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
" Fuel consumption
subject to specification
" CO2 emissions
subject to specification
Chassis
" Dimensions
3738 x 1915 x 1202 mm
" Wheelbase
2430 mm
" Turning circle
10.8 m
" Track front/rear
1672 / 1626 mm
" Power transmission
Rear-wheel drive with mechanical slip differential
" Transmission
6-speed transmission, manual
" Tyres front/rear
205/40 R17 / 255/35 R18
" Height of centre of gravity
380 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
" Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
810 kg
" Maximum speed
subject to specification
" Acceleration 0-100 km/h
subject to specification
" Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
" Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
subject to specification
" Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
subject to specification
" Lateral acceleration
>2.0 g (semi-slicks)
" Static weight distribution (front/rear)
37:63




 

2017 KTM X-Bow RR - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
" Design
4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
1984 cm³
" Power
subject to specification
" Max. torque
subject to specification
" Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
" Fuel consumption
subject to specification
" CO2 emissions
subject to specification
Chassis
" Dimensions
3738 x 1915 x 1202 mm
" Wheelbase
2430 mm
" Turning circle
10.8 m
" Track front/rear
1672 / 1626 mm
" Power transmission
Rear-wheel drive with mechanical slip differential
" Transmission
6-speed transmission, manual
" Tyres front/rear
205/40 R17 / 255/35 R18
" Height of centre of gravity
380 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
" Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
810 kg
" Maximum speed
subject to specification
" Acceleration 0-100 km/h
subject to specification
" Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
" Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
subject to specification
" Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
subject to specification
" Lateral acceleration
>2.0 g (semi-slicks)
" Static weight distribution (front/rear)
37:63

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