The Austrian maker of the track-focused X-Bow plans to bring its sports car to the United States next year.
KTM’s chief executive officer Stefan Pierer has told to WardsAuto the 2-seater X-Bow high-performance “go-kart” will be launched in the US and Canada in spring 2017. As the super light car is aimed for the track enthusiasts, KTM predicts it will only sell about 15 units in the first year, with a long-term annual target of somewhere between 30 and 40 vehicles. The version for the US market will be based on the X-Bow R model, which it gets its 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Audi sourced engine from the previous S3. With a weight of just 1,742 pounds (790 kg), the rear-wheel drive “arrow” is propelled from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.
Pierer said the Austrian motorcycle builder plans to create a North American subsidiary and a small exclusive dealer network, with the first requests expected to come from racetrack owners. KTM offers three versions of the X-Bow in Europe: the GT, the R and the RR. Its latest creation is the GT Black Edition made in just 5 units, with a price of 99,000 euros (111,200 dollars). Production of the X-Bow was launched in 2008 and, according to WardsAuto, KTM build some 80 sports cars last year.