Austrian manufacturer KTM can do no wrong in our eyes. Their motorbikes and cars are unique, they offer the thrill of simple motoring brought back to basics, but wrap up that experience in a modern package. The X-Bow has been the epitome of that ethos, a track day car that offers blistering pace, face searing cornering, and just loads of fun.
The new X-Bow GT is the next step in the evolution and brings some luxury to proceedings. When we say luxury, it is worth bearing in mind that this is a KTM, so the opulence only goes as far as a windshield (small), doors (smaller), and side windows (tiny). The roof is still exposed to the elements but at least when you are tearing down the asphalt in the KTMX-Bow GT ($96,000) you will not be greeted by flies hitting your face.
Other than the added “luxuries” the KTM X-Bow GT is exactly what we have come to expect from the brand, a lightweight, fast, and exciting ride. Think of a go-kart, but think of one sporting a 2.0 Liter Turbo TFSI engine from Audi providing an output of 280hp, a maximum torque of 420 Nm at 3,200 rpm and accelerating from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.