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KTM X-Bow GT2 Supercar Will Get an Audi RS3 Powertrain

Most enthusiasts know KTM for its small, ultra-lightweight, stripped out sports cars, like the X-Bow that Jeremy Clarkson famously drove in the rain on Top Gear. More recently, the Austrian sports car brand built and sold some X-Bow GT4 customer racing cars, which were mildly successful. After that, KTM made a more powerful GT2 version.  Now, though, there’s going to be a road car version of the racing X-Bow and, like its race car siblings, it will be powered by an Audi RS3-sourced inline-five.

 

Some new photos have recently surfaced, showing off the upcoming KTM road-going supercar testing in public. From the look of it, it’s going to be very similar to the race car, with almost an identical styling and even aerodynamics.

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In the KTM X-Bow race cars, the Audi-sourced turbocharged inline-five makes 600 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, far more than the standard RS3’s. Will the road-going KTM make 600 horsepower? We’re not sure but it’s likely to make quite a bit more than the 401 horsepower that the Audi RS3 has. Though, it will likely get the same seven-speed “direct shift” transmission and limited-slip rear differential.

 

What makes the KTM so special is its weight. The X-Bow race car uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis from Dallara. With that exact chassis, the KTM race car weighed only 2,300-ish lbs, which is a featherweight by today’s standards. So even if the road-going version doesn’t make 600 horsepower, it will still be plenty spicey. Especially when you consider the X-Bow from 2008, which melted Clarkson’s face, only had 300 horsepower. So if this new KTM supercar makes nearly double that, it’s going to be absolutely insane.

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It’s also just cool to think that a bespoke, carbon-tubbed supercar with an Audi five-cylinder engine will be a real thing. It sounds too good to be true but, judging by some new photos, it’s not.

 

[Source: Jalopnik]
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.