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
On the road, we trotted through the Austrian Tyrol and into the Ötztal Alps very agreeably, the X-Bow more than supple enough to cope with potholes and pimply roads without making you feel as if it had the suspension compliance of a pure racer. It also feels as tight as a drum, no timpani of squeaks or rattles that you tend to get from the superlight class of cars, the whole thing feeling much more mature than something like a Caterham - though you do pay for the privilege, prices for the R aren't official yet, but, seeing as a carbonified Clubsport can easily cost £85k, don't expect much change from a hundred.
Then again, properly togged up and settled into the bottom of the seat, you can nevertheless enjoy the KTM without significant effort. There's elbow room and width, and yet a huge sense of security about the relatively bulky and angular bodywork; you get the feeling that if you were to crash this, you might well survive.