KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. The make some great motorcycles but, if I’m honest, I’m not the most interested person in such vehicles.
They do stray from the norm in creating a totally different sort of thrill machine, the KTM X-Bow trackday car. We all know what that means.
It’s fast and nothing else. It is hopelessly impractical, uncomfortable and useless anywhere outside a smooth (preferably dry) track.
There’s not really that big a market for cars that do just one thing so KTM are thinking about making a slight change in their automotive plans.
The Austrians are now considering a version of the KTM X-Bow that will be more user friendly. That sounds brilliant, but does that mean that the hardcore racer will be watered down?
Not likely, the list of commodities on offer from KTM will not include anything remotely fancy. The new addition to the X-Bow range will feature some basic amenities.
The list includes doors, a windscreen and even a roof panel to keep (some of that?) pesky water out of your lap, clothes or mobile phone.
Who knows, if we’re lucky, the “luxury” of a glove compartment might just be put on offer with the rest of these amazing new features.
Otherwise it’s business as usual for the racing heritage as KTM are planning to enter the LMP2 class at Le Mans with a new car.
That would go quite a notch up from the KTM X-Bow as rumor has it that it will use a 2.5 liter turbocharged five cylinder engine pushing some 400 horsepower.