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2021 KTM X-Bow GTX coming to Australia

Fancy yourself an endurance racer? KTM has a new X-Bow GTX for you, complete with inspiration from a fighter jet and Audi TT RS power.

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Scott Collie
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The hardest, fastest KTM X-Bow is coming to Australia.

The new GTX has been locked in for a 2021 arrival, albeit for track use only. The local importer is working on homologating a road-legal version, too.

With a fighter-pilot style canopy and a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis, not to mention its FIA-compliant GT roll cage, the X-Bow GTX is more at home on the racetrack anyway.

Power comes from a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine nicked from the Audi TT RS. It’s been cranked up to make 368kW and 650Nm in the GTX, sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission supplied by Hollinger.

Figures for the 100km/h sprint haven’t been revealed, but given the GTX weighs just 1048kg you can expect a time somewhere in the high two- or low three-second range.

With a 120L fuel tank standard, you’ll be able to go very quickly for a very long time as well. And when it comes time for your pit crew to top it up and fit some fresh rubber, the standard air jack system will come in handy.

There’s a fully adjustable Sachs endurance suspension at all four corners, and the front brakes are six-piston units with 378mm discs backed by four-piston, 355mm discs at the rear.

Underneath that Top Gun canopy is a cabin designed for endurance racing. That means the pedal box is a quick release sliding unit to facilitate snappy driver changes, a Recaro race seat designed to hold its form in a serious prang, and a ventilation system capable of keeping you cool even as the action on track gets hot.

There are some road-car-style concessions to driver customisation, though. You’ll be able to tweak the steering weight through three separate levels, and the ABS and traction control can be fine-tuned for the ideal level of assistance.

Pricing for the X-Bow GTX starts at the equivalent of around $380,000 in Europe. Local pricing hasn’t been locked in.


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