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X-BOW R for 2011 Details Surface; Testing On Now 28
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, KTM, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Race kit, Sport package, Super car news, X-BOW, X-BOW R on 09 28th, 2010

A new variant of KTM’s X-BOW model is being developed, and will be called the X-BOW R for 2011. Reports say that testing is going on at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and some photos have also emerged. A boutique Austrian automaker, KTM focuses mostly on motorbikes and bicycles.

According to initial reports, the X-BOW R will be a sportier version of the current X-BOW, which has been available since 2008. The same 2.0 liter TFSI engine is featured in the new version, as in the Audi S3 but has been dialed up to around 300 PS (221 kW), say the reports.

The vehicle is a homologated, two-seat, open supercar that weighs 790 kgs. It has a carbon-fiber monocoque frame and the standard model features a 240 PS (177 kW) version of that VW Group-sourced 2.0 liter TFSI power plant. The performance-oriented design of the X-BOW for the R version are enhanced by a suspension lowering of the car and a new engine mount set-up that will ensure better handling.

There will be new options packages for the X-BOW R from KTM. These include a road-legal Sport package and a Race kit for a track-only version. The parts included in these packages can be obtained separately from KTM’s PowerParts equipment program. More details and price will come out in early 2011.

Spy Pictures of the 2012 Three-Door Opel Astra GTC/OPC Emerge 18
Posted by Alex Ion in Astra OPC, Automotive News, Brembo, Nurburgring Nordschleife, opel, pictures, Spy images on 08 18th, 2010

Pictures clicked on the sly at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany have revealed the new three-door Opel Astra in OPC trim. There were reports that Volker Strycek, former DTM race series champion, was behind the wheel of the test vehicle.

The Astra OPC has a 296 horsepower (224 kW, 300 PS) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which is powerful enough to produce 27 percent more power. It is having large Brembo brakes which can be seen through the wheels, as well as cross-drilled discs. It looks like having dark tinted lenses over the headlamps.

A new exhaust was also seen, with tailpipes arranged on either side of the bumper. Other features of the car are  not known yet, but we guess more  can come about it in the near future.

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(Via WCF)