X-rated approval

A road-ready version of the KTM X-Bow sports car has finally launched in Australia after a four-year battle to meet strict Australian Design Rules. The midengined, rear-drive and handbuilt X-Bow (pronounced ‘crossbow’) will cost from $169,990, making it more expensive than a Porsche Boxster S and the similarly performance-focused Caterham Seven 485 S ($103,700). The X-Bow, which weighs 790kg and is powered by an Audi-sourced 220kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, will be brought to Australia under the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle scheme and limited to just 25 units a year.