Facelifted KTM X-Bow R and X-Bow RR Show Off Their Updates at the Essen Motor Show

The updated track-focused supercars were on public display for the first time

The KTM X-Bow R and RR get subtle styling upgrades as well as performance improvements through aerodynamic and thermal evolutions.

Design changes include the addition of LED daytime running lights, thinner headlight surrounds, and a more aggressive splitter. The X-Bow R and RR also get a redesigned engine cover at the rear.

Thanks to aero updates, the basic "R" model achieves an improved drag coefficient of 2.2 percent. If the customer wants more the optional "Aerodynamic Package 4" increases downforce by 30 percent, thanks to a combination of gurneys on the underbody and wheel covers, as well as an extended front splitter and larger rear wing.

The Aerodynamic Package 4 is part of KTM's PowerParts Program that offers a broad range of tuning parts for the track-focused supercar. The good news for owners of KTM X-Bow models is that all the changes that are part of the facelift can be retrofitted.

The KTM X-Bow R continues to use an Audi-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 300 PS that allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 231 km/h. The track-exclusive X-Bow RR features an uprated version of the same powerplant that can be had with various outputs, depending on what the customer wants.

The KTM X-Bow R and RR can already be ordered in Europe and will arrive in North America from spring 2017.