Pre-orders are open for the first batch of KTM X-Bow GT2s, ahead of the deliveries in fall this year, KTM and Reiter Engineering have confirmed.
A total of 25 units will be produced in 2020, split between the GT2 variant and less powerful GTX model, which are priced at €294,000 ($318,500) and €230,000 ($249,000), respectively.
The X-Bow GT2 was formally revealed in February after months of speculation that Austrian sports car and motorcycle manufacturer KTM and German engineering firm Reiter were cooperating on a car for SRO Motorsports Group’s newest category.
It will compete directly with with Audi R8 LMS GT2 and Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.
“We took a close look at the competitive environment, and thanks to our experience in designing lightweight vehicles, we were able to make several cost optimizations,” said KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz.
“It is important to bear in mind that these vehicles have a power-to-weight ratio that is normally only available in the supercar segment.
“At the same time, the car sets absolute standards in matters of efficiency, and perhaps most importantly, also safety.”
KTM Sportscar GmbH’s general manager Michael Woelfling added: “With a vehicle weight of around 1,000 kg and an output of over 500hp (GTX) and 600hp (GT2) respectively, we don’t have to shy away from comparisons.
“Thanks to the light weight of the car and of the efficient, state-of-the-art Audi 5-cylinder engine, this means minimal abrasive wear. Further to that, our safety concept combines the best of both worlds.
“On the one hand, we have a homologated GT roll cage, and on the other, also a homologated monocoque. We will also offer the so-called “Advanced Seat’, which is available on request and offers even more comfort.
“We have also modified the canopy and the roll cage to allow for more headroom.”
Sportscar365 understands that existing plans for GT2 cars to race solely in GT Sports Club competition are subject to change along with revised calendars and weekend formats for SRO events later this year.
A statement released by KTM claims that the X-Bow GT2 will be eligible for the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup, which aligns with other rumors that GT2 cars could be in some way incorporated into the typically GT3-only sprint series.
“It is also sensational news that, given the successful homologation of our car by the SRO, makes it eligible to start in the absolute top league of GT racing, the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup,” added Trunkenpolz.
“That makes us particularly happy.”