Austrian manufacturer KTM has rolled out its 1,000th X-Bow, eight years after X-Bow production started in June 2008 at its plant in Graz, Austria.

“It has changed the way that KTM is perceived in the automotive industry. Not many people believed that we could succeed in getting such an extraordinary vehicle on the road. The fact that this didn’t turn out to be a flash in the pan, despite all the challenges we faced, has also improved our reputation,” said KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.

“In addition to the production plant in Graz – a popular showcase of Styrian technological prowess – subsidiaries such as Salzburg-based KTM Technologies have also been established, which play a crucial role when it comes to technological innovation within our Group,” Pierer added.

Following the X-Bow GT Black Edition which appeared at the Geneva Motor Show, the 1,000th X-Bow to roll out of the plant marks the facelift of the two-seater, carbon-fibre monocoque bodied sports car. Visually the facelifted car can be set apart by more aggressive lines and new LED daytime running lights, with narrower headlamp surrounds, and a more aggressive front splitter. At the back, a new engine cover sports additional ventilation gills.

KTM also said that the engine of the X-Bow R variant has been modified, but it hasn’t offered specific details. In standard form, the Audi-sourced four-cylinder TFSI turbocharged petrol engine is rated at 295 hp, which is transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential.

GALLERY: KTM X-Bow GT Black Edition