Despite earlier claiming that it would sell the X-Bow in Europe and Asia only, KTM has announced plans to import the vehicle to North America. The best part? It’ll be street legal. The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer’s first car, the KTM X-Bow is designed to offer the performance of a bike in a four-wheeled package. It weighs just 700kg (1,543lb) thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, while using an Audi-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 237bhp.
>Speaking at the company’s annual North American dealer conference in
Salt Lake City, KTM’s managing director of sales and marketing, Hubert
Trunkenpolz, said, “We need support of the VW/Audi Group and we need to
overcome some legal hurdles concerning licensing, but at the end of the
day we want to see this car on the streets in America. We will do
whatever is possible to bring the car to the U.S.— that, I promise.”
X-Bow production started on June 16th with the limited-to-100 Dallara special edtion. The company will produce 1,000 of the motorcycle-influenced cars
annually at its new, purpose-built factory in Graz, Austria. It’s not
known how many of those will reach the US, or when sales will start,
but we’d hazard a guess at the 2010 model year. US Pricing hasn’t been announced either, but the vehicle retails for about $70,000 in Europe.
The X-Bow is expected to be the first of a range of cars from KTM. In
keeping with its race-ready motorcycle heritage, the next vehicle will
be a KTM SUV capable of competing in the Dakar Rally. The KTM New
Halflinger is expected some time in 2010 and will be followed by a
range of innovative city vehicles that will be produced with it partner
Bajaj. A more powerful, 300bhp X-Bow is also expected some time around
the turn of the decade.
via Dealer News