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2017 KTM X-Bow GT
2017 KTM X-Bow GT

2017 KTM X-Bow GT
2017 KTM X-Bow GT

2017 KTM X-Bow GT
2017 KTM X-Bow GT



2017 KTM X-Bow GT Review

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

Experience the Meaning of “Super Sports Car” completely Afresh…

Racing is in our DNA.

There may very well be super sports cars that live up to this description. Whether it be due to their spectacular appearance. Whether it be due to their outstanding technology. Whether it be due to their breathtaking performance. Or whether it be due to their history steeped in tradition. However, no other car epitomises the term “super sports car” as thoroughly and uncompromisingly as the KTM X-BOW GT. Based on the X-BOW R – itself unique in the matter of high-tech, safety, drive dynamics and appearance – Austrian manufacturer KTM has created a vehicle whose exceptional characteristics can now also be experienced without a helmet. The elegant, frameless windscreen construction, which wraps protectively around the driver and passenger in the same way as a helmet visor, allows the occupants to forego their own headgear. At the same time, however, it does nothing to impair the puristic driving experience or the radical design of the revolutionary KTM X-BOW. Quite the contrary. The evolution of the KTM design language makes bodywork elements appear more graphic, while just a few sharply drawn lines help to structure the surfaces very clearly.


 



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

Aerodynamics

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


Downforce
The KTM X-BOW GT supplies technical solutions from the racing world. The design of the ingenious aerodynamics – developed by KTM Technologies in cooperation with Dallara – is particularly impressive. Almost 200 kg of downforce are generated at 200 km/h thanks to the front splitter, underbody and rear diffuser. Depending on the tyres, up to 2.0 G of lateral acceleration is possible – more than with any other street-legal production vehicle.


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


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 with the set-up of the X-BOW are perceptible in the “GT” from the very first moment.


Micheling Pilot Supersport
A high-performance tire, developed especially for super sports cars and the ultra- high-performance segment, including the KTM X-BOW GT: It offers safety even in the most extreme conditions and, above all, excellent handling in both the dry and the wet.


Pushrod Suspension
On the front axle, the pushrod chassis – derived directly from the world of formula racing – features compression damping with high and low-speed settings as well as adjustable rebound damping. Such a suspension system is only used very rarely on production vehicles, since it is expensive and complicated – although the ride is incomparable.


Brakes from Brembo
Extreme power demands an equivalent level of brake performance. The KTM X-BOW GT 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; the rear unit is a two-piston, fixed-calliper brake with a diameter of 262 mm.

Gran Tourismo


Luggage system
The description “Gran Tourismo” comes hand-in-hand with luggage. KTM faced up to this fact with a twinkle in its eye – and the idea to produce a tailor-made luggage system for the X-BOW GT, which brings back memories of earlier two-seater, open-topped and still legendary sports cars.


Coming Home Device
The description “Gran Tourismo” comes hand-in-hand with luggage. KTM faced up to this fact with a twinkle in its eye – and the idea to produce a tailor-made luggage system for the X-BOW GT, which brings back memories of earlier two-seater, open-topped and still legendary sports cars.


Centre Console
New controls have been integrated into the centre console of the KTM X-BOW GT. This is where the switches for the windscreen wiper, screen wash/wipe system, interior ventilation/heating and the windscreen heater are to be found: There’s also another practical detail in the “GT”: an illuminated footwell.


Driving Comfort
The new KTM X-BOW GT makes a convincing impression in its aspirations to be a true Gran Tourismo. The screen and doors that together create the “helmet visor effect” are an effective evolution of the radical design. However, the “GT” also provides an incredible level of driving comfort, without forgetting its racing genes. A real super sports car in which you can also proceed very comfortably, if so desired.


Ventilation/ Heating
A new snorkel sucks in fresh air at the front of the KTM X-BOW GT. As and when required, this air passes through a more powerful fan that provides pleasant ventilation in summer and heats the interior in winter, thanks to the improved, more effective heater.

 

Monocoque


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


Roll bars
In the event of a rollover, optimum protection is guaranteed by the aluminum roll bars integrated in the monocoque. They withstand loads of up to 2.5 times the weight of the vehicle.


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 highest levels of safety, but only weighs 80 kilogrammes – with an unbelievably high torsional stiffness of 35.000 Nm/o.


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.


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.


Side windows
The side windows of the KTM X-BOW GT are also its doors, opening and closing particularly smoothly thanks to gas-charged shock absorbers. In order to save space, the door hinges are mounted in the slender A-pillars, while the locking mechanism is attached directly to the monocoque.


Front screen
The centrepiece of the new KTM X-BOW GT is made of laminated safety glass. Thanks to a sophisticated technical solution (practically invisible integrated heating wires), the screen can be heated for quick defrosting, thereby ensuring all-round vision at all times, together with the single-arm windscreen wiper and wash/wipe function.


Wind deflector, Sun visors
Air stream and sun are marvellous – although only in the right measure. The wind deflector between the roll bars prevents turbulence in the interior and protects it effectively from dust. And the portable sun visors can be attached and removed quickly and simply to and from any point on the screen. .




 

2017 KTM X-Bow GT – 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
210 kW (285 hp) @ 6400 rpm
” Max. torque
420 Nm @ 3,200 rpm
” Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
” Fuel consumption
8.3 l/100 km
” CO2 emissions
189 g/km
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
390 mm
” Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
” Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
847 kg
” Maximum speed
231 km/h
” Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.1 s
” Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
” Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
25 kg
” Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
100 kg
” Lateral acceleration
>1.5 g (road tyres)
” Static weight distribution (front/rear)
38:62


 


 

2017 KTM X-Bow GT – 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
210 kW (285 hp) @ 6400 rpm
” Max. torque
420 Nm @ 3,200 rpm
” Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
” Fuel consumption
8.3 l/100 km
” CO2 emissions
189 g/km
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
390 mm
” Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
” Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
847 kg
” Maximum speed
231 km/h
” Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.1 s
” Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
” Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
25 kg
” Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
100 kg
” Lateral acceleration
>1.5 g (road tyres)
” Static weight distribution (front/rear)
38:62




 

2017 KTM X-Bow GT – 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
210 kW (285 hp) @ 6400 rpm
” Max. torque
420 Nm @ 3,200 rpm
” Valves
4/cylinder, DOHC
” Fuel consumption
8.3 l/100 km
” CO2 emissions
189 g/km
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
390 mm
” Tank capacity (approx.)
40 l
” Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)
847 kg
” Maximum speed
231 km/h
” Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.1 s
” Deceleration 100-0 km/h
32.9 m
” Aerodynamic downforce 100 km/h
25 kg
” Aerodynamic downforce 200 km/h
100 kg
” Lateral acceleration
>1.5 g (road tyres)
” Static weight distribution (front/rear)
38:62

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