KTM X-Bow GT4: Race track adrenaline for the road

Arturo Rivas
KTM X-Bow GT4 in the driving report
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E Car fans are spoiled in a bit. No, 'a little dirty' is better. Only 320 hp? In a sports car? Zack, they nodded away! But wait, the car only weighs around a ton! Aha, okay, doesn't sound bad. Plus aerodynamics optimized for downforce, sequential six-speed gearbox from Holinger, sintered metal clutch - real racing technology. Well, this is how even the most dirty will wake up again.

Curtain up for the KTM X-Bow GT4. Currently, the 4.11 meter long two-seater, developed together with Reiter Engineering (you already know, the one with the wild Lamborghinis) cavort on the racetracks of Europe, because as the name suggests, it meets the GT4 regulations. At the same time, it reveals a small glimpse of the crystal ball in which the future of the Austrian street sports car shimmers. Someone with a roof was always in conversation.

KTM X-Bow GT4 is also fascinating on the road

So the first trip with the GT4 is on public roads, which happens very quickly turns out to be both a stupid and funny idea. Stupid, because the clutch and the huge turning circle torpedo the photo drives, which are interspersed with frequent turning maneuvers. Funny, because the audience's reactions to the extreme KTM are surprisingly positive - and because it's a lot of fun to ride it. This, in turn, is mainly due to the fact that even long paintwork fits perfectly into the carbon fiber box. The steering wheel and pedals can be adjusted over a wide range and when the large glass dome falls into the lock with a thud, there is even enough air left.

Start the clutch, now the clutch very carefully ... ha! Fanfare, flourish! The X-Bow rolls without Stall off, the fuel pump hums loudly, the transmission grinds and rattles, the four-cylinder TFSI from the Audi S3 hums confidently. Now the cup tires have to get a little bit of temperature - and off for that.

KTM X-Bow GT4 accelerates to 100 km /h in 4.2 seconds

The air- The two-liter engine limited to 320 hp throws the light KTM effortlessly over the asphalt, and the 100 km /h mark should be cracked from a standing start in 4.2 seconds. As with the more civil X-BowsBut above all, the enthusiasm is the ease with which the GT4 throws itself into corners that can only be braked extremely late. And out then it’s just as stormy thanks to the traction secured by the limited-slip differential. Tug briefly on the right steering wheel paddle, hit the neck, bang, the next gear is in, the background noise is insane and addicting at the same time.

No comfort, no swaying, no fun brake

Body movements? From what? In any case, there is no suspension comfort in the adjustable chassis. The KTM doesn't go easy on the driver, it reveals itself to him, tells him everything about himself so that the driver always knows what to do next. Again and again he enjoys the turbo hammer, which drops at 4000 rpm and is amazed at how easily the GT4 drive can go through town junk. End of town, switch back, clone, accelerate. The X-Bow goes crazy again. And no one makes fun of the output of 320 hp anymore.

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