The KTM X-Bow (crossbow) is a lightweight sports car produced for road and race use by KTM, an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. It is the first car manufactured by the company and was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. It was also award Top Gear’s 2008 Sports Car of the Year

The development of the X-Bow came from KTM and a partnership with Kiska Design, Audi, and Dallara. Production of 500 vehicles per year was planned, but due to high demand, 1,000 per year were built as well as the construction of a new plant near Graz.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre, inline four-cylinder, Audi engine is used with a six-speed manual transmission attached. The 2008 model produced 237 hp and 230 pound-feet of torque. In 2011, the X-Bow R was tuned to produce 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque.

Its performance is a 3.9 second 0-60, and a top speed of 134.9 mph. And to hold the road, 205/45 ZR17 tires on the front and 235/40 ZR18 on the rear. Brembo brakes are used; 12-inch on front and 10.3-inch on rear.

The KTM X-Bow was raced at the 2008 FIA GT4 Championship with a pole position and a podium finish. It also races annually in the Race of Champions since 2008. In 2009 an X-Bow won the supersports British GT season, and in 2011 a GT4 championship.

A KTM X-Bow racing series started in 2010 and was part of the DTM German Touring Car series in 2010 and 2011. In March 2012, a Top Gear episode featured Jeremy Clarkson driving an X-Bow around the Donington Park track in England. He stated, “it’s like driving on superglue.”

Image Caption: KTM X-Bow on display. Credit: Brian Snelson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)