A handful of North American sports car fans will get to buy the KTM X-Bow next year. Company CEO Stefan Pierer confirms to WardsAuto the firm plans to bring the first ones over from Austria in spring 2017.
For at least the first year, only the base model X-Bow R would be available in the United States. Even as the lowest rung in the range, it should be plenty of fun for customers, though. The 1,742-pound roadster uses an Audi-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 295 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and the engine’s power routes to the rear wheels though a six-speed manual gearbox.
KTM is looking for race tracks that might buy a fleet of X-Bows, presumably for driving schools or to rent to racers. There’s no word on price yet. The firm knows the roofless two-seater is a niche model and is keeping sales expectations very modest. According to WardsAuto, the Austrian company plans to sell just 15 of them in the U.S. in 2017. The firm then wants to slowly grow the volume to as many as 40 examples a year. For reference, KTM delivered 80 X-Bows worldwide last year, WardsAuto, reported, and the business just produced the 1,000th one since the original launch.