Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has been making the X-Bow open-seater car since 2008 and has only now started importing them into Australia.
Only a few years ago KTM Australia was saying they would never import the X-Bow, but times have changed.
The X-Bow R is now being sold through two dealers: Sydney Sports Cars, Artarmon and Motorline at Daisy Hill, Brisbane.
Motorline KTM GM Scott Robinson says they already have a lot of interest in the X-Bow R which starts at $169,990 plus on-road costs. It is a limited edition with only 25 units a year produced.
“Buyers range from someone who to drive it to the race track and drive it home again,” he says.
“It’s more like a motorcycle with wind in your face. It’s a weekend toy for a blast through the hills on a Sunday morning.”
So far, only the R version is homologated for Australian roads.
KTM also makes a standard X-Bow that weighs just 790kg (1742lb), produces 177kW (237hp) and accelerates to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 220km/h (137mph).
The GT version has a windscreen, side windows, doors and luggage space.
The R and RR racers have bigger and more powerful engines with up to 272kW of punch.
By comparison, the most powerful KTM bike is the 1290 Super Duke R with 103kW of power, but weighing 195kg dry and costing only $24,995 plus on-road costs.
We know which one we would prefer to ride/drive!
Obviously KTM isn’t the only motorcycle manufacturer to also make cars.
While some may think it takes the focus off motorcycles, it helps diversify and share research and development costs.