KTM X-Bow: function over form

Motorcycle maker KTM displays a race car at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show.

The X-Bow was built by a motorcycle maker.
The X-Bow was built by a motorcycle maker. CNET Networks

Just like an F1 car, the steering wheel is loaded with controls.
Just like an F1 car, the steering wheel is loaded with controls. CNET Networks

Motorcycle maker KTM's success in racing, including repeated first place wins in the Paris-to-Dakar rally, led it to venture into four-wheel racing. The X-Bow, shown at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, is built as a track car, with a body designed specifically for racing. Style loses out to function when it comes to necessities such as an exposed suspension spring over the hood or massive air intakes in front of the rear wheels. X-Bow's tech specifications are very impressive. The car weighs just over 1,500 pounds and is powered by an Audi-sourced 2-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. Its 220 horsepower drives the X-Bow to 62mph in 3.9 seconds.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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