Courtesy of a few Austrian lunatics.
There’s something about the "less is more" car building philosophy that’s consistently snagged our attention away from the typical sports and supercars. Complexity – namely weight – often detracts from experiencing the most thrilling aspects of track driving. But fortunately there are solutions, such as the Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow. Up until now, however, the latter wasn’t offered in the US, but according to a report from Ward’s Auto, that’s about to change.
Austrian-based KTM Sportcar is planning to bring the X-Bow to the US next year, probably sometime in spring 2017. What’s more, the company is planning to set up a North American subsidiary as well as a small, but exclusive dealership network. At the moment, KTM is reaching out to US racetrack operators who are likely to buy X-Bows for their fleets. KTM Sportcar CEO, Stefan Pierer, hopes to sell about 15 cars in the US next year with the longer term goal of reaching 30 to 40 units annually. About 80 X-Bows were built last year. So which X-Bow trim will the US receive? That’ll be the X-Bow R, which is the base version, but don’t think for a moment that it’s a sissy.
Power comes from an Audi 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four banger with 300 hp paired to a six-speed manual. Bear in mind the thing tips the scales at only around 1,700 pounds. Suddenly a Mazda Miata sounds heavy.