We’ve never quite understood exactly how air manages to negotiate the KTM X-Bow’s unusually contoured carbon monocoque form, but nature’s stiff breeze ought to have a clearer path over the trackday hero now that this new GT model includes a windshield and side windows.
The added foul weather protection doesn’t include a roof (good luck designing one of those, KTM). However, it does include an integrated defroster similar to that of a Land Rover, along with a windshield wiper/wash system, too. Those two additions that should go a long way toward increasing the X-Bow’s day-to-day livability, as one won’t feel so vulnerable to bugs and kicked-up rocks when driving without a helmet. Other changes to the model include a redone center console, as well as new heating and ventilation controls.
No word yet on whether the X-Bow GT will be available in North America (the standard car recently found distributorship in the US). Want to learn more? Scroll down to check out the press release, and while you’re there, check out a new KTM-produced video of the X-Bow Battle.
Say what you will about KTM’s X-Bow, but it’s certainly an original. Its single-minded purpose has been its calling card ever since the partially exposed carbon-fiber-and-aluminum monocoque chassis saw the light of day at the 2007 Geneva auto show. As a motorcycle manufacturer first and foremost, KTM essentially left climate-control duties to Mother Nature and suggested donning a full-face helmet to avoid being force-fed an insect smorgasbord while behind the wheel (see our video of driving the KTM at Virginia International Raceway). That changes now. Sort of.
Based on the X-Bow R, KTM’s “standard” sub-1800-pound, mid-engined two-seater, the new GT sports a frameless windshield where previously there was none. What’s more, a pair of partially frameless side windows—which also function as really tiny see-through doors—join with the windshield to create what KTM is calling the “helmet-visor effect,” which we’re pretty sure is also the name of Justin Bieber’s latest hair style. Regardless, KTM claims the windscreen setup to be so effective that donning a helmet is no longer required.
Minor changes to the exterior panels include narrower headlamp surrounds, ventilation slits in the reshaped rear engine cover, and a streamlining of the front fascia. Adding to the GT’s personality crisis is a set of tailor-made luggage that attaches to the rear engine-cover panel—a twisted update of strapping leather luggage to the boot of a classic roadster. Exterior colors include the newly offered Fusion Orange, Original Blue, and Combat Gray alongside the existing Carbon Black and the original orange.
The interior gets some attention, too. The center console now holds the switchgear controlling the windscreen wiper and washer, interior ventilation, electric defroster, and heating—improved with a new intake, stronger fan and heater, although KTM wisely left A/C out. Driver and passenger both snuggle into fixed seat shells. Four-point Schroth belts hold them in place, the driver adjustments coming courtesy of the sliding pedal box and fully adjustable steering wheel.
Prices for the KTM X-Bow GT start at €72,500 ($94,323). So if the idea of dropping nearly one hundred large on what essentially amounts to the world’s most kick-ass go-kart is giving your significant other fits, just remind them of all the money you’ll save on helmets.
Source - autoblog.com, caranddriver.com
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