The Austrian KTM company has announced that it plans to start producing its positively acclaimed KTM X-Bow (Crossbow) super-light sports vehicle as early as in the beginning of the year 2008. By that time, the Austrian brand and the well-known Magna Steyr of the same origin will start to churn out hundreds of street-legal racecars that will be equipped with a turbocharged 2-liter four-banger outsourced from the German car maker Audi.
Well, it may look like an eternity for some guys who just can’t wait to put their hands on the little sports car, but it’s anyway really good, considering average birth level rates in the exotic cars industry.
Although it was previously announced that the first stage of manufacturing will be outsourced to the Italian Dallara company, which was supposed to produce first 100 units of the KTM X-Bow, the plans have changed eventually.
It is now reported that the whole manufacturing process will be granted to the local Magna Steyr, which has a long history of producing vehicles for such incumbents as Audi, Fiat, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz (JFYI, the 4Matic AWD transmission was developed by Magna Steyr’s engineers), Saab, Volkswagen and BMW.
The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in February, 2008. By this time KTM has about 600 orders for the X-Bow and hopes to produce around 500 vehicles a year in the nearest future.
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