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.