Say hello to the absolutely insane KTM X-Bow GTX.
Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer KTM is at it again, this time unveiling the bonkers, 600-horsepower KTM X-Bow GTX which, sadly, isn't aimed at driving enthusiasts looking for their next hardcore road car.
The X-Bow GTX is powered by an Audi-sourced 2.5L five-cylinder engine, pulled from the Audi TTRS and tuned to oblivion. Curb weight is a reported 2,200 pounds or so, giving it a weight-to-power ratio well under four pounds per horsepower. For comparison purposes, the new 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang has a ratio of approximately five-and-a-half pounds per horsepower. At 760 horsepower, it's the most potent series production automobile Ford has ever built.
The KTM X-Bow GTX was developed specifically for customer racing teams looking to campaign in the new SRO (Stéphane Ratel Organisation) GT2 class, as well as well-heeled customers looking for a not-road-legal weekend track toy.
Beyond that, little is known about the GTX apart from the fact it will use "state-of-the-art motorsports technology, extremely lightweight construction and the highest quality components," per KTM. The car's monocoque chassis and roll cage are both ready for homologation, and customers will be able to order it with an homologated racing seat.
The X-Bow GTX's ravishing good looks were penned by Austrian design firm KISKA, and as with the X-Bow GT4 (bottom) before it, Bavarian firm Reiter Engineering serves as KTM's development partner.
KTM expects to make the first 20 examples of the X-Bow GTX available this year, entering its inaugural race by the fall. It's still awaiting final homologation approval from the SRO sanctioning body, but considering who's involved, we doubt it will have any trouble on that front.
An announcement regarding pricing and technical details will follow "soon," KTM says, and we'll keep our fingers crossed for a road-legal version that makes its way to America. The original KTM X-Bow (above) is great, but we want something with a little more oomph.