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
I'm doing my best. First gear on the uphill road out of Obergurgl brings inevitable wheelspin, second gear more unconsummated rear tyre effort and a light fishtail. The shift light flashes an angry and insistent red, and third gear simply ups the amplitude of sway and possibility of terminal crashiness. Fourth is in a similar vein, until my brain overpowers my ego and forces me to back off. Christ, this is quick and easy now - imagine what it might be like on a track. In the warm. With something resembling grip.
Winter tyres can only do so much, but the car already feels stable and precise. This bodes well,I think, looking for another strip of relatively dry tarmac, right up until I see the road terminate in a great swathe of white. As we cross from tarmacadam to pure snow - albeit graded by a snow plough - I realise that power might be all but useless where I'm going.