Has the thought of a KTM racecar that will one day compete against the finest racecars in the industry even grazed across your mind? No right, well this article is going to show you that KTM is more than just a motorcycle maker and their engineers are bunch of insanely smart blokes on cocaine and Redbull.
KTM has a rich history in street motorcycles and dirt bike. Their naked bikes are all the jazz when it comes to a motorcycle meant for bang for buck. Let it be the 390 Duke all the way upto the sinister 190 Super Duke R. They have always specialised in highly performance oriented motorcycles with super high displacement V-Twins stuck in the middle.
Briefly, KTM ventured into the world of track day specials and had created a car called the X-Bow. The X-Bow was an open seater track day monster which competed against cars like the BAC Mono and Caterhams. They also made a KTM X-Bow GT4 which was specially designed for the customer racing GT4 series. The car was powered by a 2.0 TSI engine by VW or Audi, however you look at it and made a modest 360 PS of power.
It has been almost 12 years since the X-Bow's inception into the world and KTM thinks its time to bring back the Austrian madness right up Porsche's chuff. The new KTM X-Bow GTX is a brand new iteration of the X-Bow model and the figures speak for themselves. The new GTX has a weight of 1000 kilos and this time KTM hasn't held back on the power front.
They have gone straight to the drunk Germans and asked for their fire-breathing RS engine. The GTX now has a 2.5 litre turbocharged 5 Cylinder out of the RS3 and TTRS. But whereas the RS3 makes around 400 bhp, KTM has cranked up the engine to 600 bhp!
The X-Bow GTX is set to race in the GT2 class of customer racing which means it going to be racing against cars like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, Audi R8 LMS GT2 and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.
But the best part about all of this is that KTM has to produce a homologated street version of the GTX. And that is something we look forward to seeing on the road.