Still popular one year after the curtain opened on the 237 horsepower KTM X-Bow, KTM has developed a GT4 version of their street-legal racer.

Still popular one year after the curtain opened on the 237 horsepower KTM X-Bow, KTM has developed a GT4 version of their street-legal racer.  Reiter Engineering has partnered up with KTM to enter two X-Bow cars in this year's FIA GT4 European Cup.

Reiter, which runs Lamborghini teams in the GT1, GT2, and GT3, has entered the X-Bow in the Sport Lights class.  Instead of running their motorsports team themselves, KTM will work with Reiter to develop vehicles for the automaker's customer base.  By putting the car into racing conditions significantly more brutal than daily driving, KTM hopes to make continued improvements on their vehicle.

In addition to tuning the chassis for race conditions, the KTM X-Bow GT4 is fitted with more safety equipment to satisfy FIA requirements.  These include steel rollover bars, zylon fibre layers to prevent the driver from being impaled by a sharp object, and extended wheel covers.  KTM calls these enhancements "minor", pointing out that the KTM X-Bow is nearly race-ready as a stock car.

A personal favorite debut from last year the X-Bow seems a bit more stable and secure than the Ariel Atom.  Even though it is a little heavier, slower, and more expensive than the Ariel Atom, there is just something flat out appealing about the X-Bow.  Maybe because it looks a little more road-worthy than its British competitor.  Or maybe its the X-Bow's 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four engine from Audi that pushes the car from 0-100 kph in 3.9 seconds.

The public seems to agree.  Last September, about six months after its introduction, the KTM X-Bow will be manufactured in a plant dedicated to the car.  KTM had originally planned to build no more than 500 units per year, but demand necessitated a unique facility capable of producing 1,000 X-Bows per year.

Production of the showroom floor edition of the KTM X-Bow begins this summer.  The KTM X-Bow GT4 will race for the first time at Silverstone on April 20.

Introducing the KTM X-Bow GT4