The KTM X-Bow GTX is £207,000 of track day fun
Just in case you didn't think the current X-Bow is hardcore enough
While KTM may be best-known for their motorcycles, they've been dabbling in the lightweight sports car industry since 2008 with the original X-Bow. Now, the Austrian manufacturers are upping the ante with their latest creation, the KTM X-Bow GTX.
Designed exclusively for all-out performance, the GTX is a carbon-fibre bodied track-only machine, sharing the same monocoque as the road-legal X-Bow.
Powered by a fettled Audi RS3 engine, the 2.5l 5-cyl turbo produces 530hp and 479 lb/ft of torque. Impressive figures by any standards, but given that the GTX has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.3 lb per hp, it has the potential to embarrass supercar owners left, right, and centre.
In order to coax so much power from the RS3 engine, KTM modified a number of elements including the injection system, intake system, the wastegate, and the ECU software. The exhaust system has also been fettled with, much to the delight of those looking to enjoy the characteristic sound of the Audi 5-cylinder.
Power is transmitted through a Holinger MF six-speed sequential gearbox, and you'll be happy to hear the brakes have been upgraded to a set of high-performance six-piston offerings. The GTX has also been designed with endurance in mind, as according to KTM themselves the GTX will "drive further for longer than the competition" thanks to its 120l FT3 safety tank.
Immediately, it is obvious that the traditional design book has been thrown out the window here. The fighter jet-style canopy from the GT4 X-Bow has been adopted by the GTX, with a carbon frame and windshield insert replacing the one-piece canopy on the GT4 car. Standard opening doors have also been incorporated into the shell.
Inside the jet-style cockpit, the driver gets a custom-made carbon fiber Recaro seat, along with a GT-homologated roll cage and six-point racing harness. KTM have fitted a new adjustable steering wheel with electric power steering to make the GTX easier to drive. Traction control and ABS systems are also extensively customisable, with 8 and 10 individual settings respectively.
Traditional mirrors have given way to rearview cameras on the GTX, while the insane fixed wing dominates the rear of the car, giving it real motorsports presence on the track. It's one of those cars that looks like its going fast, even when standing still.
Unfortunately, these extensive modifications mean that the GTX is not offered in road-legal form, so will only be available for trackday use (unless you have a really, really big private road network.)
At the time of writing, performance figures for the X-Bow GTX have not yet been revealed, but no doubt they will be very impressive indeed. Given the cars GT4 origins, it seems almost a steal at £207,000.