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KTM’s new supercar has a jet fighter canopy and Audi RS3 engine

by | Sep 7, 2022 - 12:41PM | Supercars

KTM X-Bow GT-XR with its canopy raised

KTM might be a brand best-known for its dirt bikes, but the Austrian company now has a proper supercar on its hands with the X-Bow GT-XR.

Priced from €284,900 or around $282,000 , this is one of the closest things you’ll find to a road-going race car.

First off, the supercar has an electric jet fighter-style canopy instead of traditional doors.

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This way, the entire roof and windshield lifts up from the body of the car to let you inside.

Although it might not seem the most practical solution, KTM is actually claiming the X-Bow GT-XR has been designed with daily driving in mind.

That’s why it’s been given a massive 96-liter fuel tank, seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and a 9cm (3.5-inch) nose lift system.

However, the performance it delivers makes it every bit a supercar.

Using the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from an Audi RS3, it makes 500hp and 581Nm.

Those aren’t crazy numbers, but then the GT-XR only weighs a mere 1130kg – lighter than many hatchbacks.

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This is thanks to its carbon fiber monocoque and tubular steel construction.

It’s briskly dispatched from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 3.4 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 280km/h (174mph).

It also rides on Sachs suspension and forged OZ Racing wheels.

Inside, it definitely gives off a race car vibe with its removable carbon fiber steering wheel.

The instrument cluster is also located inside the wheel itself, too, so you’ll really feel like you’re in an F1 race when you pop out to the shops.

Only 100 X-Bow models are assembled by hand each year by a small team at KTM.

The range now has seven versions including the GT-XR, making them an incredibly rare sight on the roads.

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