KTM has turned things up a notch, revealing a road-legal version of its high-performance X-Bow GT2 racer.

    Dubbed X-Bow GT-XR, this sports car is the “closest you can get to a purebred racer in a road-legal vehicle”, according to KTM.

    A spokesperson for Australian distributor of KTM cars, Simply Sports Cars, said it’s in active discussion with head office in regard to homologating a right-hand drive version.

    Power comes from a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine sourced from Audi. This engine is shared with the Audi RS3 and TT RS.

    But in the X-Bow GT-XR it produces 368kW of power and 581Nm of torque, which is 74kW and 81Nm more than the RS3. It’s also 73kW and 139Nm less than than the track-only X-Bow GT2.

    This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive sent through the rear wheels only. There’s also a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.

    KTM claims the X-Bow GT-XR has a top speed of 280km/h.

    The X-Bow GT-XR comes with a MoTec engine control unit that includes a MoTec data logger for data analysis.

    There’s a 96-litre fuel tank, with KTM claiming a total mileage of up to 1000km on one tank of fuel.

    The X-Bow GT-XR is built on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and features a safety cell that weighs 89kg. Overall dry weight is 1130kg.

    It measures in at 4626mm long, 2041mm wide, and 1164mm tall, with a 2850mm wheelbase, which is roughly the same size as the Chevrolet Corvette, McLaren 765LT, and the Ferrari F8 Tributo.

    On the outside there’s an electric fighter jet-style canopy with a soft-close function, ‘AirCurtain’ ground effect system, and a carbon rear wing.

    On the inside there’s a removable steering wheel with an integrated display, adjustable pedal box system, digital rear-view mirror, a rear-view camera, as well as Quadlock smartphone bracket.

    The X-Bow GT-XR also has a 160L boot, which KTM claims is large enough for two bits of hand luggage and a handbag.

    KTM first launched the roofless X-Bow in 2008 at the Geneva motor show as part of a collaboration between Kiska Design, Audi, and Italian race car manufacturer Dallara.

    A GT4 version of the X-Bow began racing in a variety of series in 2015, and was given an update in late 2017.

    The X-Bow GT4 was the first X-Bow variant in the lineup to feature a closed cockpit design in order to comply with stringent GT4 regulations.

    One of the most significant X-Bow updates came in late 2020 when KTM unveiled the track-only X-Bow GTX and GT2.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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