Dream Cars: KTM X-Bow GT
KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer famed for their sports and dirt bikes. X-Bow is the first concept car manufactured by KTM and true to its tradition the car is an ultra light weight two-seater sports car for sports and road use. These dream cars are clearly track inspired taking inspiration from its racing bikes as well as Formula One cars. KTM developed the X-Bow GT in collaboration with Kiska Design, AUDI and Dallara.
The design of these dream cars is revolutionary in every dimension. Influence of KTM’s biking philosophy is evident in its first car produced. The design of this car is more visual and graphic featuring sharp drawn lines structuring the surfaces very clearly and vividly. It features gill-like ventilation slits that covers the engine and seamlessly connects with the rear body work lending it a muscular and powerful look.
The bonnet is attached to the front splitter at an acute angle lending it a mean and aggressive look. It features narrower surrounds for the head lights. The windscreen and side windows seamlessly blend with each other lending a helmet visor effect enabling the occupants to enjoy the wind in their hair. The upper edge is frameless along with imaginary lines that extend to the rear bonnet lending the vehicle great dynamics generating less drag and more down force helping in its ride and handling characteristics.
The interior of this exceptional dream car just like the exterior is futuristic and ergonomically laid out. It features excellent Recaro sports seat shells which are integrated directly in the carbon monoque ensuring excellent safety in any driving condition in conjunction with four point safety belts from Schroth. It also features sliding pedal box and multi-function steering wheel with adjustable height and depth. It features short slender A pillar at the front offering excellent visibility and perfect overview even while cornering. It features a revamped center console and behind the shift lever lays the neatly arranged switches for wind screen viper, screen wash/wipe system, interior ventilation/heating and interior wind screen heater. The interior design is highly ergonomic enabling commanding driving position, truly elevating the driving experience.
At the heart of these energetic and peppy dream cars is the 1984 cc inline four-cylinder gas engine with direct injection, exhaust turbo charging and inter-cooling. The engine is capable of delivering maximum power of 285 bhp@ 6400 rpm and an astounding peak torque of 420 Nm @ 3200 rpm, the engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gear box capable of accelerating this car from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.1 sec and has a top speed of 144 mph which are satisfactory figures considering the overall proportion of the vehicle.
It offers an excellent ride and handling capability thanks to its race inspired dynamics and layout enabling a truly enjoyable and pure super car ride experience that’s truly remarkable and unmatched by any other more expensive super sports cars on offer in the market today. It’s the closest you can get to a true F1 car driving experience.
Undoubtedly it is one of the best super sports cars on offer. This car is for purists who would like to experience a true track inspired sports car experience and the icing on the cake is the fact that KTM organizes racing events for its X-Bows throughout the year offering an excellent opportunity to owners to test their riding skills as well as experience the joy of racing in a well-organized race. This small wonder is priced at $ 94,232 making it one of the most expensive cars to own and is a must have for any car enthusiast for the sheer fun and driving pleasure that it offers making it one of the exclusive must have dream cars in the garages of the rich and the affluent.