KTM X-Bow 0-60 Times

When thinking about KTM the first thing that comes to mind are race ready cross bikes and the brilliant RC8 racebike. After 37 years of producing only motorcycles and a few high end bicycles, KTM shook the car world with their X-Bow (pronounced crossbow) track weapon.

It’s not often that a car manufacturer gets a car right the first time around, but KTM got the title of the track day car of the year by Top Gear.

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2009 KTM X-Bow

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A Brief Glimpse at the History

KTM X-Bow 0-60KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer owned by CROSS Industries AG and Bajaj Auto Limited. KTM was formed in 1981 but traces its foundation as early as in 1934.

The KTM X-bow was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, it features a Audi TT engine and its chassis was developed by Dallara, best known for their work in Formula E and Indy Car racing.

KTM X-bow R Specs

  • Engine: 4 cylinder engine, 1984cc displacement, 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM
  • Torque: 295 ft-lbs. @ 3300 rpm
  • Transmission: 6 speed manual
  • Steering: Hydraulic power steering
  • Braking System: Four-wheel power-assisted discs without ABS, and with front and rear ventilated discs
  • Curb Weight: 1740 lbs
  • Top Speed: 146mph
  • 0-60 time: 3.9 seconds


The X-bow is made with no compromise, at its heart is a carbon-fiber monocoque that reportedly weighs just 176 lb. The X-bow’s monocoque chassis is one of the most advanced in any sports car, the engine and gearbox are mounted to the chassis only by a few bolts. Speaking of its powertrain, the X-bow is powered by a Audi/VW 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder, making 300hp, the engine has been previously seen in the Audi TT and the Golf GTI. When specified with Toyo Proxes R888 R-compound rubber, combined with its inboard suspension the X-bow is one of the most competent trackday cars out there.

Fuel Economy

Being lightweight and having a “normal” production car engine the X-bow gets great fuel economy considering its power to weight ratio and outright speed.

The combined fuel consumption is 27 mpg.


The carbon fiber tub incorporates a bolt-on carbon-fiber crash box at the front, and in back there’s an aluminum subframe that carries the suspension and powertrain. Adding the crash box at the front and the aluminum sub frame at the rear reduces the chances of the carbon fiber monocoque shattering in case of a heavy accident protecting the driver, also to protect the driver and passenger there are four point harnesses.

Comfort and Quality

That stripped-down mentality is apparent in the X-Bow’s cabin. The thin wind deflector is all that protects the occupants from the airstream, so full-face helmets are a must, putting that aside the X-bow is one of the best built cars around, handcrafted and meticulously designed.

To learn more about KTM X-Bow, visit the official KTM website.

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