The Austrian brand KTM has almost finished the first prototype of its futuristic KTM X-Bow (Crossbow) roadster.
Judging by the looks of it, the famous Austrian-based motorcycle manufacturer tries to apply the main idea behind a sports bike to an ultra-compact sports car: get an engine, build a frame around it, throw in a steering wheel and a couple of seats and cover it with a sheet or two of aerodynamic-looking plastic. Oh, and don’t forget to spray it with some bright paint. Quite predictably, the result looks extremely cool.
The model, to be equipped with a four-cylinder Audi engine, producing as much as 220 horsepower and equipped with either a six-speed manual or the famous DSG gearbox, will feature acceleration time of well under four seconds.
There may also be much more powerful model, featuring 300 hp and even better dynamics.
Like many other super-lightweight roadsters available, the KTM X-Bow will have no windshield but will be sold with a pair of specially designed helmets instead.
The helmets will not provide the driver and a passenger with adequate crash protection, but will do to cover their owners from water and dust particles.
A scale model of 1:2.5 has already been built for wind-tunnel testing. The model reportedly corresponds in almost every detail to the actual roadster.
KTM currently plans to manufacture 100 units and sell them through its dealership network at a starting price of €40,000. The manufacturing process will be outsourced to Italian race car automaker Dallara.
If the X-Bow is successful enough, KTM will later start mass-production of the cars on its own facilities in Austria, producing around 500 roadsters per year.
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