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KTM X BOW Street

KTM is celebrating the first anniversary of its X-BOW range at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show with the unveiling of an entire array of new vehicles and technologies. The year old X-Bow range will debut at the show no less than than five different models: X-BOW Street, X-BOW Clubsport, X-BOW GT4, X-BOW Superlight and X-BOW ROC.

KTM has recognized the high demand for the X-Bow in the United States and has officially announced of its planning to make the U.S.-spec X-Bow street legal. Thanks to the car’s light weight and the 177 kW (240 hp) Audi 2.0 TFSI engine, the KTM X-BOW sets new performance standards and outstrips even far more powerful sportscars. Weighing in at around 790 kilograms, it accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. At the same time, low fuel consumption (7.9 litres/100 km) and exhaust emissions (187.23 g/km) rival those of powerful compact cars.

The KTM X-BOW Street

 

With its aggressive design and immense sporting potential, the X-BOW is a milestone in 50-year

history of the KTM brand. At the same time it represents a new benchmark in the small but elite

segment of radical lightweight sportscars. This exceptional achievement is the result of its highly

original design concept and the fact that for its first car, KTM employed the finest materials, advanced technology and the know-how of respected development partners. The result is a street-homologated sportscar with pedigree motorsport technologies – including a cutting edge monocoque made from carbon fibre, identical to those that have become standard in modern Formula 1, for example, because of its weight and safety advantages.

 

Thanks to the car's light weight and the 177 kW (240 hp) Audi 2.0 TFSI engine, the KTM X-BOW sets new performance standards and outstrips even far more powerful sportscars. Weighing in at around 790 kilograms, it accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. At the same time, low fuel consumption (7.9 litres/100 km) and exhaust emissions (187.23 g/km) rival those of powerful compact cars.

 

But the X-BOW isn't just a racing machine, even if it does achieve spectacular performance on the race track. With its modern technologies and exceptional dynamics, it's also oriented towards sporty drivers who seek a purist driving experience on the road. By foregoing electronic assistance and extraneous, heavy comfort features, the X-BOW offers an unfiltered driving adventure. This is made possible by the double wishbone suspension front and rear, the exposed mechanical components and the unadulterated concept that leaves the X-BOW without a roof, doors or a windscreen. The sportscar's only concession is a 70 mm high, transparent wind deflector. So driving the KTM X-BOW becomes an experience with an immediacy that otherwise can only be felt when riding a motorbike or driving a single-seater racing car.

 

For the 2009 model year, there is a new X-BOW product line-up – with ownership of the new sportscar phenomenon from KTM starting at only 49,980 Euros (plus national taxes and import duties) for the X-BOW Street that, even with its basic configuration, offers the absolute maximum in driving pleasure.

 

The Street series features in detail

- Carbon fibre monocoque with crash box, both in clear coat finish

- Audi 2.0 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection and 177 kW (240 hp)

- Smooth racing underbody, front splitter and rear diffuser in aluminium composite

- Individually adjustable pedals and adjustable multi-function steering wheel

- ‘Keyless Go' system

- Lacquered alloy wheel rims

- Four-point safety harness

 

Factory-fitted special options are also available: a removable steering wheel, limited-slip differential or street-homologated semi-slick tyres – and of course a wide selection of KTM PowerParts.

KTM X BOW Street

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