Care to see a bunch of muscle cars get schooled at the drag strip by a rotating cast of sportbikes? ‘Course you do.
Here’s the deal with sportbikes. They all basically have 1.0-L (or 999cc, in the parlance of motorcycles) 4-cylinder engines with between 180 to 250 horsepower. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but remember, the whole bike (including the weight of the driver) weighs around 500 lbs. So yes, a bike has maybe between half to a third of the power of most of these muscle cars, but it weighs maybe 1/6th of that muscle car.
Power-to-weight is what matters in a drag race, not just overall power. And when it comes to that golden ratio, sportbikes reign supreme.
Taking on these Camaros, Challengers, and Corvettes is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, with its 798 cc inline 4-cylinder with over 200 hp and a top speed of over 190 mph; the Suzuki Hayabusa, with its 1,340 cc 4-cylinder with 200 hp; the Suzuki GSX-R1000 with its 999 cc 4-cylinder and 156 hp; the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade with another 999 cc engine and 189 hp; and the Ducati 999R Xerox with a third 999 cc engine and 145 hp.
Why is it called the Ducati Xerox? The fax-machine company just wanted to have their name on a motorcycle.
Anyway, while these muscle cars all have around 450 hp, they also all weigh around 4,000 lbs. Compared to a sport bike, these cars are lumbering hippos trying to find their way to the watering hole. Pretty much every race goes exactly the same way: the two vehicles do burnouts, drive up to the line, and then the bike takes off to leave the car in its proverbial dust.
With one exception. A Cadillac CTS-V (that’s the one with the 6.2-L supercharged V8 and 600 hp) did manage to beat the Ducati by roughly half a second in its drag race. However, we’re betting the driver was taking pity on all these enormous cars and just wanted to give the most powerful one at the drag strip a bit of an ego boost.
Take a look at the video above to see just what we mean.