The KTM X-Bow is a track-focused sports car with not a lot of luxury to be found. From the factory, most versions don’t even include a windshield.
As it’s prepared by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM, the X-Bow GT is a softer, more civilized version of the stripped-down X-Bow RR, and it flaunts features like a canvas roof, windows, seats, heating, and yes, a windscreen.
With 285 horsepower pushing just 1,867 pounds, the GT is a stout performer as well, but German tuner Wimmer wasn’t satisfied with that. When a particularly well-off customer from Dubai approached the firm in search of something special, Wimmer took the base car and cranked everything up to 11.
The most obvious addition is that the GT has been covered in a sparkling gold wrap, hence the 24-karat moniker. The top-dollar exterior is only the start of the upgrades though, because Wimmer specializes in freeing up power by way of electronic wizardry.
Thanks to some “miscellaneous modifications,” the vehicle’s Audi-sourced four-cylinder now makes 479 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque, allowing the Midas-themed ride to hit 60 mph in just 2.97 seconds. Wimmer also claims the Dubai Gold Edition will reach 124 mph in only 9.9 ticks, making it almost a full second quicker than the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Under the shiny body you’ll find a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque, Formula 1-style pushrod suspension, Brembo brakes, and enough aerodynamic witchcraft to produce 441 pounds of downforce at 124 mph, which is vital to keeping the car on the track where it belongs. You don’t want to scratch any of that gold, after all.
It is unknown whether or not Wimmer will produce more than one Dubai Gold Edition for the public, but we’d suspect that if you have the cash, the company would be open to negotiations.
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