December 23, 2013
Drag Race: Motorcycle Vs. Two Supercars
What happens when you take the world’s fastest car, a Bugatti, a favorite among car enthusiasts, a Lamborghini, a BMW motorcycle and put them head to head in a drag race?
Recently, that’s just what went on and Top Speed has the results.
First, let’s look at each individual vehicle and compare the factory stats.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was one of the supercars used in this competition. It features an 8.0-liter W-16 engine pushing out a very impressive 1,200 hp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. Factory performance stats are also extraordinary. It can sprint from 0-62 in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 255 mph.
The Lamborghini Aventador was the other supercar used. This one has a 6.5-liter V-12 producing 700 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Even with considerably less hp, factory stats come close to the Bugatti. Its 0-60 time is 2.9 seconds and top speed is 217 mph.
That takes care of the supercars. The motorcycle used was a BMW S1000 RR. It has a 999cc water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder, 4-stroke in-line engine. Don’t let the 193 hp at 13,000 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque fool you. Top speed is over 125 mph and it is quick.
By looking at the stats you would come to believe that the Bugatti would win hands down. But, take into consideration the horsepower-to-weight ratio.
The Bugatti Veyron weighs in at 4,162 pounds. With 1200 horses, that’s 0.29 hp per pound, or 427 hp per ton. The price for this supercar is over $2 million.
The Lamborghini Aventador weighs 3,470 pounds. At 700 horses, that’s 0.20 hp per pound or 399 hp per ton. The price for the Lambo is around $500,000.
It looks as though the two supercars are fairly close in terms of raw performance. Now what about the BMW?
The BMW S1000 RR only weighs 450 pounds. At 193 horses, that’s 0.43 hp per pound or, theoretically it figures out to be 858 hp per ton. Price for the BMW bike is $15,150.
All the stats above are estimates. Real stats depend on weather conditions and weight of driver.
With the power-to-weight ratio figured into the equation, the BMW should win the race. Watch the video, and you will see that the BMW does indeed win, proving that horsepower isn’t everything.
In conclusion, factoring in all the elements of performance and price, you will get more bang for your buck with the BMW S1000 RR. Unless of course you want to ride in style and can dish out the dough for either the Bugatti or Lambo.
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