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KTM’s X-Bow Makes It Stateside

Posted in auto industry, European Rides, KTM, News, Track Events by Kurt Ernst | February 26th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

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Florida doesn’t have a decent driving road in the entire state, but we do have a plethora of racetracks. Off the top on my head, we’ve got Daytona, Palm Beach International, Sebring, Homestead Miami and Jennings GP. Branching out to the next state north, Roebling Road is only an hour and a half from my house, and Road Atlanta is probably closer to me than Homestead Miami. Is it any wonder, then, that I’m jonesing for the KTM X-Box (pronounced “crossbow”) and have been since it was launched in the EU? The track day terror makes perfect sense: you can tow it to the track with nearly any automobile, flog the living snot out of it and not have to worry about saving enough tire and brakes to make it home. In fact, if my current income had just one more zero on the end of it, I’d be on the phone to British Racing Group to order one up, since they’re finally selling the X-Bow on this side of the pond.

Best of all is that the X-Bow comes as a “do it yourself” kit, like a giant Revell plastic model for adults. To avoid the nasty business of federalization, British Racing Group, LLC is importing all X-Bows without the Audi 2.0 liter, turbocharged four and the required transaxle. Buyers need to track down their own, but the list of donor engines should extend to the VW 2.0 liter, turbocharged four as well. How hard can it be to find one of those in a junkyard? Pricing isn’t listed on the British Racing Group website, but X-Bows don’t come cheap in the EU. If I were a betting man, I’d say the price of admission starts somewhere north of $50k. That’s a lot of money, but how many cars in that price range can you name that will go from zero to sixty in under 4 seconds and pull 1.5 g in a corner?

Source: Autoblog

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3 Responses

  1. J D Stadler says:

    “KTM X-Box (pronounced “crossbow”)”

    Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s crossbox. Or is it XBOX? =P

  2. BigRuss says:

    that would be awesome for a daily driver… but not sure how well my kidneys would hold up…