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KTM X-Bow revealed

by Nick Aziz

Austrian motorcycle
builder KTM today released the first images of a scale model of its new X-Bow (crossbow) roadster. The model was built for wind-tunnel testing, has a scale of 1:2.5 and corresponds in almost every detail with the final car. The first prototype of the car, which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in the beginning of March, is nearing completion.

The 1500-pound car has a four-cylinder Audi engine offering 220 horsepower in the base model, and a potential 300 horsepower in a more expensive variant. A choice of either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox will be given. KTM says the X-Bow will hit 62 mph in well under four seconds.

The X-Bow has no windshield, and instead will come with specially designed helmets, intended to offer shelter from the elements rather than full crash protection.

After its debut in Geneva, 100 units will be manufactured in-house by Italian racing car specialists Dallara and sold by KTM. The price for the basic version will be around 40,000 euros.

If all goes well, KTM plans further small series productions of the car. This production will take place in Austria and begin in 2008. KTM is working on the basis of a projected 500 units per year. The decision concerning production will be made at the end of April 2007.