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About This Quiz
The eagerly anticipated KTM X-Bow has managed to pierce the heart of casual car fans and serious racers on both sides of the Atlantic. This go-kart boasts a bragging list a quarter-mile long, but how much information can you drop into conversation?
First things first. The car blogs will tell you almost everything you need to know about the KTM X-Bow, except perhaps this: how do you actually pronounce the car's name?
"X-Bow" (as in "ex bow")
"X-Bow" (as in "take a bow")
It's pronounced "crossbow." In the event that you actually make a phone call to order one… well, we saved you some embarrassment. You're welcome.
KTM designed the X-Bow to be a competitive track car, and like all race-worthy vehicles, some traditional parts had to be removed in order to save weight, make room for other accessories, or simply keep the car (and driver) focused on the road. But the X-Bow's list of features reads more like a motorcycle than a car. Which of the following elements does the X-Bow NOT have?
Clearly, this car was designed by serious sportbikers. Who else would be unfazed by a lack of a windshield at triple-digit speeds?
The European press says the X-Bow's engine and transmission come from Volkswagen, but in the United States, it's marketed with Audi parts. Which continent is getting the shaft?
European racers are getting swindled.
American racers are getting swindled.
It doesn't really matter -- it's the same engine.
Volkswagen is Audi's parent company. The automakers share engineering and development resources, and as a result, the car lineups often have common components. So as far as the X-Bow is concerned, it doesn't really matter. However, Audi is perceived (and marketed) as significantly more prestigious in the United States.
There's a benefit, from a racing perspective, to the X-Bow's lack of windshield. What is it (aside from the reduced weight)?
There's less risk of head injury in the event of a crash.
The driver has better views of the track.
Without a roof and windshield, the A-pillar (the column at the front of the cockpit in a typical car) is not necessary. Removing this pillar allows better front and peripheral views of the road and surroundings.