Do you want a rearview mirror, Sir?

22 September 2022

The Austrian firm KTM, primarily known as a motorcycle manufacturer, has a new road-going X-Bow model called the GT-XR.

The KTM X-Bow GT-XR is a road-going equivalent of the company’s X-Bow GT2 track weapon.

The GT-XR uses an Audi-sourced 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine tuned to produce 493 horsepower at 6350 rpm, as fitted in the Audi RS3.

Production is limited to a maximum of 100 per year.

KTM’s previous attempts at making a road car have been quite extreme, but the X-Bow GT-XR is a road-going GT2-inspired racer with copious amounts of power weighing next to nothing.

The combination of 493hp in an ultra-light motor car can only mean adrenalin-producing fun. KTM quote a top speed of 174mph and 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds.

The GT-XR is the street version of the X-Bow GT2 but with air conditioning, Bluetooth, and an ‘Optional rearview mirror’.

What makes this even more memorable is that the GT-XR is fitted with a raising and lowering jet-fighter style canopy.

Despite the hypercar appearance and menacing rear wing, KTK says this motor car is suitable for long-distance road trips.

The USP is that KTM philosophy comes from their superbike success applied to a relatively uncomplicated, lightweight, gassed-up, horseless carriage.