New KTM X-Bow GTX Is A $270,000 Track Toy

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It packs a modified version of Audi's 2.5-liter turbo engine.

Austria's KTM is best known for manufacturing motorcycles, but has also produced the lightweight, track-focused X-Bow sports car since 2008. Now, KTM has unleashed an even more extreme version : say hello to the KTM X-Bow GTX. Designed for track days and professional racing and developed in collaboration with Reiter Engineering, the GTX boasts a striking carbon fiber body and is built on the same carbon fiber monocoque as the regular X-Bow.

This extensive use of carbon fiber has brought the weight down to just 2,310 pounds. Combined with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine from an Audi RS3 tuned to produce 530 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, the GTX has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 4.3 pounds per horsepower. With this setup, the GTX should be capable of setting some blisteringly-fast lap times, but KTM hasn't released any performance specifications.

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To extract more power from Audi's five-cylinder turbo engine, KTM modified the injection valves, the wastegate, the intake system, the exhaust system and the ECU software. Power is sent through a Holinger MF sequential six-speed gearbox, while high-performance brakes with six-piston callipers designed for endurance events provide the stopping power.

Thanks to its 120-liter FT3 safety tank, KTM claims the GTX will "drive further respectively longer than the competition" at track days and long-distance races.

One of the car's most striking design elements is the 'Jetfighter Canopy' taken from the KTM X-Bow GT4 and modified for the GTX. The one-piece 'Plexiglass' canopy is replaced with a carbon frame with an inserted windshield and separately opening glass doors on both sides. The complete canopy can still be opened for entry and exit, however.

Elsewhere, the side mirrors are replaced with two rearview cameras and a massive fixed wing dominates the rear. Sadly, these extensive racing modifications mean you won't be able to enjoy the GTX on the road.

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Inside, the driver sits in a Recaro racing seat made out of carbon-kevlar. To ensure the GTX meets high safety standards out on the track, KTM has fitted a GT homologated roll cage and a six-point racing harness. To make this track toy easier to tame, KTM has also fitted a new adjustable steering wheel with electric power steering replacing the hydraulic power steering previously used in the KTM X-Bow GT4. The traction control also has eight adjustable settings to ensure optimal acceleration out of corners and make the car safer to drive on wet tracks, while the ABS can be adjusted in ten settings to suit different track conditions and balance the car towards understeer or oversteer.

Pricing for the KTM X-Bow GTX starts at 230,000 EUR (around $271,000).

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