2023 KTM X-Bow GT-XR spied at the Nurburgring

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KTM is gearing up to reveal a road-legal version of its high-performance X-Bow GT2 racer.

Dubbed the X-Bow GT-XR, the Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer has been spied testing a prototype version of its road-going, fighter jet-inspired sports car.

It’s expected this version of the X-Bow will be revealed imminently because KTM recently posted two official images of the GT-XR on its social media with the caption saying there’s “more to come soon” and to “stay tuned”.

KTM previously confirmed the X-Bow GT-XR has its roots in motorsport and is based on the X-Bow GT2, but has added “features” to make it road-legal.

Power will come from a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine sourced from Audi. This engine shared with the Audi RS3 and TT RS.

In the track-only X-Bow GT2 this five-cylinder engine is tuned to produce 441kW of power and 720Nm of torque, which is 147kW and 220Nm more than the current-generation RS3.

It’s unclear if the road-going X-Bow GT-XR will produce the same amount of power and torque as the X-Bow GT2, or if it’ll be closer to the tamer, yet still track-only X-Bow GTX.

The engine in the X-Bow GT2 is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission supplied by transmission specialist firm Holinger. There’s also a limited-slip differential.

There’s fully-adjustable Sachs endurance suspension at all four corners in the X-Bow GT2, and the front brakes are six-piston units with 378mm discs backed by four-piston, 355mm discs at the rear.

Even though it’ll retain a full carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, it’s expected the road-going X-Bow GT-XR will weigh a little bit more than the GT2 model, which has a dry weight of 1048kg.

The only obvious exterior difference from the track-only X-Bow GT2 to the spied road-going X-Bow GT-XR prototype is the rear spoiler.

The wing is still quite prominent on the X-Bow GT-XR prototype but loses the swan neck-style that’s synonymous with race cars, as well as the Porsche 911 GT3.

On the inside, it’s expected the KTM X-Bow GT-XR will retain a lot of the racing-oriented hardware theGT2 has, but it will all have to be homologated.

At this stage it’s unclear if the road-going X-Bow GT-XR will be offered Down Under.

KTM first launched the roofless X-Bow in 2008 at the Geneva motor show as part of a collaboration between Kiska Design, Audi, and Italian race car manufacturer Dallara.

A GT4 version of the X-Bow began racing in a variety of series in 2015, and was given an update in late 2017.

The X-Bow GT4 was the first X-Bow variant in the lineup to feature a closed cockpit design in order to comply with stringent GT4 regulations.

One of the most significant to the X-Bow updates came in late 2020 when KTM unveiled the track-only X-Bow GTX and GT2.

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MORE: 2021 KTM X-Bow GTX coming to Australia

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