KTM X-Bow GT now available in Australia, adds windscreen

March 26, 2018

Looking for a dedicated track car that you can drive to work? The KTM X-Bow GT is now available in Australia, bringing in a certain amount of practicality to the hardcore sports car.

The GT is based on the X-Bow R, only it is designed to be driven without a helmet. Around the driver and passenger is a frameless windscreen structure that provides some protection from the elements, wrapping around to include side windows as well. Buyers can also option for the ‘X-Top’, which is soft roof cover that can be installed to keep the interior dry. The cover can be stored in the car.

With some proper windows and doors, the X-Bow GT includes a windscreen wiper for the first time, as well as a powerful heater system for the cabin. Other visual changes include an almost full front bumper bar, improved front wheel arches for better aero, and at the back the GT gets a unique vented engine cover. A pair of roll-over bars sit up the top, capable of withstanding 2.5 times the weight of the car.

All of the exterior has been crafted for optimum aero efficiency and downforce. Take a peek under the body and you’ll see a completely flat, racing-like cover, with a finned diffuser at the back. Along with a front splitter, the X-Bow GT is capable of producing 100kg of downforce at 200km/h.

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Behind the cabin, power comes from an Audi-derived 2.0-litre TFSI turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 220kW and 420Nm, paired up to an Audi six-speed manual transmission. Across the 0-100km/h sprint, the clock stops in a claimed 4.1 seconds, while the combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 8.3L/100km. Part of this performance and economy is thanks to the complete carbon fibre structure, with a kerb weight of 847kg.

You won’t be wanting for more choice in colours, as the Austrian manufacturer offers a massive range of colour schemes and combinations to choose from. From exposed carbon fibre to bright orange or yellow, complete with BBS lightweight wheels with matching pinstripe options.

The X-Bow GT is now available to buy and register for the road in Australia, through Simply Sports Cars in Sydney. Prices for the regular X-Bow R start from $169,990, so we assume the GT is slightly more expensive (excluding on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.