KTM X-Bow with doors and roof on the way – report

June 12, 2012

KTM is planning to introduce a more civilised version of the KTM X-Bow early next year, featuring doors and a detachable roof. The ‘conventional’ version is even set to feature a windscreen.

The current KTM X-Bow is a track car for the road. It weighs in at around 500kg, it’s made mostly of carbon fibre, and it features no doors, no windscreen, and certainly very little in the way of creature comforts.

According to a recent Top Gear report, things are about to change. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer revealed to the publication that a more civilised version is on its way in March 2013.

The new model will allow drivers to get from track to home in a more comfortable manner. And if it’s raining, passengers will even stay dry thanks to a detachable roof, which will handle speeds up to around 130km/h. A fixed roof was apparently considered, however, homologation issues made it too difficult.

It’s unknown if the new version will use the same 2.0-litre turbocharged Audi engine. More details are expected closer to its launch.

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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.