KTM 1290 Super Duke R and X-Bow

KTM introduces X-Bow track car

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.”

KTM X-Bow R at a Sydney track day

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.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R - X-Bow

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