KTM continues to iterate on its X-Bow sports car. The next version on the horizon is the GT-XR which takes the GT2 racer and makes the engine road legal. This spy shot captures the vehicle crashing into the Nürburgring, suggesting the new model should be as comfortable on the track as it is on the road.
While this spy shot gives us a good look at the X-Bow GT-XR, KTM showed the front and sides of the machine on its Instagram page without the camouflage stitches (see below). This means there is no need to speculate about what this model will look like.
Up front, there are thin, sharp headlights with a small LED strip underneath. There are two other, smaller light rods under the main light. The wide trapezoidal opening in the lower fascia features two meshed inlets with space for the number plate in the middle.
The hood is low, and there is a wraparound windshield. The setup seems to offer a lot of outside visibility for the driver. No door. Instead, the canopy tilts forward for occupants to enter.
Along the sides, the front fenders protrude past the narrower main part of the body. Sharp folds along the belt line and diagonally extending below give the wings an edgy look that contrasts with the smooth shape of the cockpit.
A wing rose from the rear deck. There is a high-mounted center-exit exhaust with a trapezoidal tip above the number plate. This position allows KTM to install a large diffuser.
The GT-XR reportedly uses a mid-mount, 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder sourced from Audi, like GT2. In the racer, that the power plant produces 591 horsepower (441 kilowatts)but the numbers may be smaller for the highway version.
The GT2 racer uses a six-speed direct-shift gearbox that drives the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. Again, it’s unclear at this time whether road cars share this share.
Without fuel, the GT2 weighs 2,310 pounds (1,043 kilograms). With the addition of a few perks to make it more comfortable on the road, we expected the GT-XR version to be a bit heavier but not by much.
We don’t know when the X-Bow GT-XR will debut, but KTM’s Instagram post says: “More are coming soon.” Since the company has no problem showing off the exterior design, it doesn’t look like a complete unveiling isn’t going too far.