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The KTM X-Bow gets a closed cockpit GT4 version for international racing

KTM, the renowned Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, has announced its plans to move forward with a new version of its X-Bow GT4 track car. The car is based on the company’s wildly successful, lightweight roadster designed specifically for track use.

This latest race car from KTM was developed in partnership with Reiter Engineering, a company known for its ability to turn cars like the Lamborghini Gallardo into a full-fledged race car. Reiter will be in charge of the car’s construction, much like it was for the previous GT4 version of the X-Bow.

KTM X-Bow GT4

The main difference between the two is the closed cockpit rather than the open top the previous car sported. This most likely due to the fact that the new X-Bow GT4 is meant for use in different international racing series. Having a closed cabin would therefore make it eligible for championships that require this as a safety measure.

KTM hasn’t released a whole load of details, but what is known is that the X-Bow GT4 has a mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbocharged four pot that’s married to a seven-speed sequential gearbox. We don’t know the power output, but the regular track toy version puts out around 300 horsepower. We can expect that number to be tuned higher for the race variant.That, combined with its incredibly light weight, make it incredibly nimble for circuit runs.

KTM X-Bow GT4

Other improvements include tweaks to the suspension as well as modifications made to the aerodynamics and ABS system.

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It’s not street legal, but the new X-Bow GT4 will be sold for track use globally, and that includes making the car available here on our side of the Atlantic. With testing done, the race car can be snagged for around $152,000 dollars.