BXR classifies the Blade XTR as the "reinvented American machine" developed out of the vision of an "average American man." We took a closer look at the inspiration and development behind this project in our original look at the Blade XTR. The news here is that the design is progressing as scheduled, with BXR stating that it's aiming to have it ready for sale by late 2014.
BXR brought two Bailey Blade XTR models to Las Vegas, showing the car as both a working red prototype and a non-powered pearlescent white show car. The powered model features a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine drawing the assistance of twin turbochargers for 750 hp. The engine works in concert with a six-speed manual transmission that presents itself to the driver in the form of a short-throw Tremec shifter.
That combination pushes the car to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in approximately 3.2 seconds, and BXR estimates that the car will go well over 200 mph (322 km/h). The company is careful to stress that the car is more about performing around road and track than about achieving staggeringly high speeds. It's thrown down a bit of a gauntlet, claiming that the car will outperform many existing supercars in this regard.
Since we first looked at the Blade XTR in May, BXR has tweaked or clarified a few of the specs. The car is now listed with a Kevlar-composite body as standard and a carbon fiber version listed as optional. It has a slightly heavier weight range of 2,400 to 2,800 lb (1,089 to 1,270 kg) and a 55-45 weight distribution. The four-wheel independent suspension system uses electronic variable coil over with 8-millisecond damping and rebound adjustability.
BXR says that the specs may get tweaked further as the launch date draws closer. If you're interested in following along, the company has an in-depth YouTube channel documenting each step of the process.
The car looks largely the same as it did in May, but it has undergone a few changes, including the modification or removal of vents around the body. The big news out of SEMA is the reveal of the interior, a cozy combination of double-stitch leather and synthetic Ultraleather. The center stack is dominated by an oversized 13-inch touchscreen that keeps the driver connected to navigation, entertainment, air conditioning and engine management.
BXR tells us that the XTR will start at US$250,000 when it hits the market.
Source: BXR Motors