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It seems Austria's KTM has thought twice about bringing its VW-powered 2.0-turbo X-Bow to the United States. It's coming. And the best part? It's going to be street-legal.

KTM leadership says the company plans to bring its track-bred X-Bow to the U.S. as a street-legal automobile, despite earlier claims that it would remain available only as a track day weapon to customers in Europe and Asia. "We will do whatever is possible to bring the car to the U.S.— that, I promise," KTM managing director of Sales & Marketing Hubert Trunkenpolz said while in Salt Lake City for the company's annual meeting of North American motorcycle dealers.

KTM has received more than 600 requests from consumers hoping to purchase the X-Bow in the U.S.

The X-Bow's VW-produced TFSI engine delivers 240 hp at 5500 rpm and 228 lb./ft. of torque at between 2000 and 5000 rpm. The drive unit package is complemented by a manual six-speed transmission with limited-slip differential, also sourced from the VW Group. Buyers would have to take part in a class to understand the vehicle's dynamics and handling.

"We need support of the VW/Audi Group and we need to overcome some legal hurdles concerning licensing, but at the end of the day we want to see this car on the streets in America," Trunkenpolz said.

X-Bow production started June 16, and KTM began delivering the car to customers earlier this month — only two-and-a-half years after the idea for the car was revealed. The first car, from the 100-unit Dallara Limited Edition, was delivered Aug. 6 to a buyer in Austria. Trunkenpolz says KTM's newly constructed X-Bow production facility in Graz, Austria, rolls out five units per day. Plans are to deliver 500 units this year.