In an automotive world choking on SUVs, it’s refreshing to see a new sports car. If the name Kiska doesn’t ring a bell, it’s a design agency that has written products for KTM and Husqvarna but now wants to broaden its horizons by introducing its own cars. With this being a teaser, details are not available. We know the design team led by Alan Derosier and Reiter Engineering were involved in the assessment of the black and white RE logo.
Right off the bat, we can say that the purpose-built performance engine has a full carbon fiber body and a Batmobile-worthy large canopy that provides access into the cramped cabin. Riding on centerlock wheels, the unnamed Kiska sports car boasts a fender-mounted rearview camera instead of the traditional rearview mirror. Peeking through the massive front is the pushrod suspension while the rear has a top-mounted dual exhaust and a neat grille above the engine.
The protruding fenders are clearly visible, which we can’t say about the two pieces at the front flanking the cylindrical air vents. Could it be the pop-out headlights? It almost disappeared in the 1990s due to stricter safety regulations, but it would be fantastic to see it again in road cars – provided it is indeed road legal.
Overall, the Kiska sports car gives us the impression that it is related to the KTM X-Bow GTX to some extent. Assuming our assumptions are accurate, the engine is Audi’s inline 2.5-liter engine, which makes 530 horsepower and 615 Newton-meters (453 pound-feet) of torque in the GTX. The latter – which has a similar pop-out canopy – can be ridden on public roads, so we expect it to be a similar story to this one.
The two-seater should be as light as the Mazda MX-5 Miata considering the GTX tipped the scales at just 1,048 kilograms (2,310 pounds). The KTM version uses a sequential six-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential to send power to the rear wheels. It can be called the Kiska APG-1 judging by the side logo on the rear wing which is reminiscent of a Group B rally car.
It’s unclear when the premiere will take place, but the next big car-related show is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance which will take place in the coming days.