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
Obviously, the tub and most of the ancillary parts are still mostly carbon, which is geekily impressive, but the new engine has been dropped within the chassis and mounted direct to the frame, meaning that this R has an even greater sense of urgency than before. More feel from the wheel, a greater sense of what's going on through your bottom. The slight ‘safe' understeery tendency of the standard car has been dialled further back, though on winter tyres on very icy tarmac, it's hard to define the warm-weather limit. Still, throttle response has been improved, as have the general characteristics of the engine's progression through boost, so although you still get mighty torque and shove, it's a tad easier to control than before. Especially handy on ice.