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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wimmer Made the KTM X-Bow Even Meaner With 375HP


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If you’re in the market for a potent no-holds-barred track car, you’d be inclined to bark up the KTM X-Bow R’s tree. With 300 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque, and only 1,740 pounds to lug around—it’s hardly a slouch, but German tuner Wimmer Rennsporttechnik thought it could do better, and it would appear it has.
This is the eye-catching result, the 2015 Wimmer KTM X-Bow R Limited Edition, which cranks up the car’s horsepower by nearly a third and slashes tenths out of its launch to 60 miles per hour. It doesn’t come cheap, however.

Wimmer—also a German retailer for X-Bows—says it will only equip three cars as such, and has priced the teeny trio at an eye-watering €100,000 ($107,000 at today’s rates).


So what do you get for your hard earned dollars or euros? For one, you’ll find the same turbocharged Audi four-cylinder engine tucked in the X-Bow R, but now it has been tuned to a heady 375 horsepower.

 A six-speed manual gearbox still finds a home in the car though the gear ratios are said to have been adjusted, helping this track car sprint to 60 mph in a brisk 3.3 seconds.

In addition to gearing, the car’s powertrain has also been fitted with a racing-spec water pump and fuel pump, as well as Wimmer’s own stainless steel high performance exhaust, helping the 2.0-liter Audi engine to breathe a bit easier.

On the outside, the limited edition Wimmer X-Bow R boasts a substantially large carbon fiber rear wing, new front splitter, and a new aluminum undertray to keep the KTM plastered to the road.

The X-Bow R’s pushrod suspension is said to carry over, now outfitted with larger Brembo brakes and Toyo semi-slick tires.


Like the standard KTM X-Bow R, there’s really not much in the way of interior amenities, but Wimmer does say it can outfit the car with Recaro racing seats and a leather steering wheel. If you need one though, you better hurry.

 Despite the six-digit price for such a featherweight car, these three 380-horsepower X-Bows probably won’t hang around for too long.