2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 Revealed With Lowest Running Costs of all GT4 racing cars
You wanna race? Go for the X-Bow GT4
Published January 8, 2018
GT4 racing car has been one of the cheapest racers to operate since 2015. More than 60 units are race worthy all around the world right now. Yet, despite quite a successful racing pedigree the KTM X-Bow GT4 undoubtedly earned hard, a team from Austria with a bit of help from their Reiter Engineering partners developed and unveiled the 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4.
New car luckily retained that awesome fighter-jet inspired canopy. Just look at it. Simply gorgeous. Especially with this mean shade of black finish.
Nevertheless, the look of the 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 remained much the same as before. Changes are focused on lowering the running cost further. After completing the car, the KTM engineers and Reiter Engineering’s boss Hans Reiter calculated that the X-Bow GT4 has a running cost of about $7.5 per mile. Seriously low. I am sure some high-end luxury cars or supercars cost much the same driving on the roads.
New transmission, new engine components for lower running costs
“Although we already have a GT4 vehicle that offers one of the best value for money—just take a look at the VLN where there’s no other car that runs faster lap times for less money—we want to further reduce the costs for the teams and the drivers with these updates,” Reiter Engineering boss Hans Reiter said in a statement.
To achieve such outlandish results the new KTM X-Bow (FYI, it reads crossbow) received new suspension pieces, new transmission, updated engine and improved wheels.
As the car competes in the demanding VLN endurance championship, high-end transmission with long service life is mandatory. Up until 2018 model year, the X-Bow used gearboxes capable of lasting about 3,100 miles. Now, with the Hollinger transmission, the 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 will be able to cover 6,213 miles before needing a replacement or major rebuilt. Interestingly enough, the new transmission does not sacrifice any of the specs despite having a longer life. In fact, it can support up to 516 lb-ft of torque at all times. Really important for a racing car like this.
Doubling the transmission mileage is the first notable cost reduction step KTM undertook. That was just the start though.
Other changes include:
- central locking wheel hub improvement (they can last for 12,427 miles now),
- A new Motec engine control,
- electronic fuse box,
- full motorsport-spec cable harness,
- LMP-spec headrest
KTM X-Bow GT4 already has a really successful racing pedigree
With all the new parts, the 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4 may become ever so slightly more capable to tackle the endurance race challenges. It is a fast machine too. At 2,202 pounds, and Audi sourced two-liter TFSI, the 2018 KTM X-Bow can do some serious damage on the track. No wonder it won some serious wins since its inception.
KTM X-Bow GT4 managed to win at:
- GT4 European Series,
- Pirelli World Challenge,
- China GT,
- Thailand Superseries,
- Australian GT2009,
- British GT season and more
As for the other KTM racing efforts, they managed to organize a KTM X-BOW Battle race series as a supporting event of the DTM German Touring Car series.
As for the 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4, the Austrians will make 15 cars in February alone – with the price of $181,200. All of them were presold.