KTM Will Sell X-Bow Sports Car Stateside, but Won’t Be Street Legal

KTM X-Bow

The rumors are true: KTM will sell its hot X-Bow sports car to interested parties in North America come 2017. Unfortunately, those interested parties will not be able to drive the Audi-powered car on public roadways. 

In an e-mail, KTM’s marketing and PR manager, Manfred Wolf, wrote to us that the much-reported North American X-Bow will be a “race/track use only” vehicle. The Austrian brand has no plans to sell a street-legal version of the vehicle. Per Wolf, KTM is very aware of the fact that the X-Bow’s lack of ABS and airbags (among other issues) means making the car street legal in our market is near impossible.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you’ll never see an X-Bow on the street. It can be imported as a street-legal kit car; however, to do so, buyers must purchase the vehicle and engine separately, and do the installation themselves or pay to have it done.

While the X-Bow is a distinctive looking vehicle with an attention-grabbing design that could sell well in image-conscious areas of the country like Miami and Los Angeles, its stellar handling and lack of creature comforts makes it a far better track car than road car. In setting up a North American subsidiary for X-Bow sales, KTM can now sell its track demon directly to customers interested in utilizing it for its intended purpose—engine intact. That engine is an Audi-supplied 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and its presence is part of what tied up the company’s plans to sell the X-Bow stateside, as KTM needed Audi to agree to its North American sales plan.



In the brand’s base R model that engine makes 300 horsepower, a hefty sum given that the vehicle weighs some 1700 pounds. In Europe, it sells for €74,900, or about $85,000 at current exchange rates. While KTM hasn’t released official information about the U.S.-bound X-Bow, the vehicle is expected to “be more ‘racy’, better equipped, and quicker” than the bottom-of-the-barrel R. WardsAuto reports that approximately15 X-Bows are will make their way to North America by spring 2017, with annual sales expected to reach as many as 40 cars per year.


from Car and Driver Blog http://blog.caranddriver.com/ktm-will-sell-x-bow-sports-car-stateside-but-wont-be-street-legal/

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