Piste-bashing in the KTM X-Bow R
More classic anniversary TG road trips: they said it couldn’t be done. A stupid idea. We went and did it anyway
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
It's amazing what you forget when the air temperature is reading minus 18 on the digital dash of a track car with the ground clearance of a stumpy tortoise, no ABS and no traction control, and you're halfway up a ski-slope trying not to lob yourself into the path of a snow plough. Mind you, getting here was hairy enough to give me temporary amnesia, so hard have I been concentrating on staying even in a vaguely straight line and pointing in a relevant direction. Mainly because - apart from being spectacularly unsuited to mountaineering in the first place - this is the newest iteration of the X-Bow, the ‘R', still sporting an Audi 2.0-litre four, but this time from the S3, and punting out something over 300bhp. Driving it up a glacier is the equivalent of asking Usain Bolt to do his sprinting thing up a hill on an ice rink. In six-inch Lucite stripper heels.