It’s only taken ten years.
The KTM X-Bow is one of the most respected lightweight track toys currently available, but if you wanted one in the US, you had to assemble it as a kit car by ordering the engine and body separately to get around regulations. Fortunately, that’s about to change, as the X-Bow is finally coming to America via KTM’s first US sales partners, which include HMC Racing in Wisconsin and ANSA Motorsports in Florida. There is a catch, however - the only X-Bow that available in the US will be the track-only Comp R version, available in two specifications.
The base model packs a 2.0-liter turbo four producing 330 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Since it only weighs 1,759 pounds, it will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 144 mph. In addition, KTM is also offering the Comp R 1st Edition to American buyers. The more extreme version uses the same engine as the standard Comp R, but in the 1st Edition it’s been tuned to deliver 350 hp and 321 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed sequential transmission, 0-62 mph takes 3.2 seconds before the track-only roadster tops out at 150 mph. It also boasts a more aggressive aero package adding a little extra weight, tipping the scales at 1,786 lbs.
That’s still considerably lighter than a Mazda MX-5, though. Both versions have been homologated to Formula S&A standards from the Sports Car Club of America and are eligible at SCCA events and private track day use. No pricing details have been announced yet. It’s certainly been a long wait for America, as motorcycle manufacturer KTM first launched the X-Bow 10 years ago. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 10 years for a road-going version to arrive Stateside.