The All-Carbon KTM X-Bow Black Edition Looks More Evil than Ever

Updated March 20, 2016

In case you’re not familiar with the KTM X-Bow, let me fill you in. It’s a track-oriented sports car built by Austrian motorcycle maker KTM that is about as close as you can get to having a race car than you can drive on the streets.


It has little more to it than the carbon fiber monocoque chassis and the Audi 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder.


While the original X-Bow famously came with no windshield whatsoever, every model since the X-Bow GT has come equipped with a wraparound windshield and two side windows that also function as doors for the driver and passenger. The new Black Edition of the X-Bow is based on the GT, but also sports a few notable upgrades from the standard model.


For one thing, the entire car is made of carbon fiber. The body is carbon, the fenders are carbon, the flat underside is carbon… you get the idea.


The wheels are not carbon fiber, but they are special for the Black Edition. They are BBS wheels and the rears are 19″ while the fronts are 18″. The normal, slightly more colorful, ‘GT’ stickers on the side were replaced with black and grey letters to fit the overall theme.


The engine got a nice boost as well, bumping the 281 horsepower of the X-Bow GT up to 316 horsepower for the Black Edition. The GT went 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, so expect the Black Edition to be a bit faster. The transmission also shifts faster. The custom interior is covered in carbon fiber, in case you forget what everything else around you is made of.


The only real downside to this car is the price: $107,435. It seems difficult to justify that price when you consider what else you can get for that much. Heck, if I had $110,000 to spend on things to have fun with, the X-Bow wouldn’t even be the first KTM on the list.

It makes sense; you are getting race car technology for the road. The aerodynamics are engineered in a wind tunnel and there are sophisticated systems in place to keep you from wrapping it around a pole. Still, the X-Bow and the Black Edition in particular are for a very specific customer who wants this very thing. To someone, though, this car is absolutely perfect.



Chris Riley
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