Top Gear races the KTM X-Bow RR
KTM needed a journo with broad motorsport experience to race the all-new X-Bow RR. Rather erroneously, it phoned TG...
Posted: 10 Aug 2012
The forced induction also means you can be in a higher gear at some corners, because it's possible to use the turbo torque to drag you out; and fewer gear changes in the X-Bow are a good thing. The gearbox, like the turbo, also takes some getting used to. It's the same 'box as the X-Bow road car, but has a much snappier shift on the RR. A good thing, you'd think. Well, sort of - the action itself is much crisper, but because it's the same gearbox that you're working, you can't hurry the changes. Rush the lever across the gate, and the RR simply won't let you have the next cog. There's such a delay that it's a high-risk move trying to get a slipstreaming tow off the car in front - if you're on the power and he changes gear, you gain so rapidly that a carbon-fibre sandwich becomes worryingly imminent.