In yet another strange matchup, we have a classic 1970 Plymouth Barracuda take on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in drag race action.
We’ve seen this particular 1970 Plymouth Barracuda before at the Mission Raceway. It’s highly tuned 426 HEMI (7.0-L) V8 has been given the business, taking it from its original 425 horsepower to something at least approaching 1,000 horses. That puts it in par with Mopar’s recently unveiled Hellephant engine and allows it to beat the vaunted Dodge Demon in a quarter-mile drag race.
But race bikes are a completely different animal. When tuned for drag racing, they can achieve some absolutely insane quarter-mile times that make tuned muscle cars look like ancient Volkswagens.
This particular model is a Suzuki GSX-R1000. It’s been obviously modified for drag racing judging by the extended rear wheel fork (to prevent the bike from popping a wheelie off the line). It also seems to have more carbon fiber than a stock GSX and even a custom exhaust.
Originally, a GSX-R1000 would come with a 1.0-L four-stroke engine with almost 200 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty could be done in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 180 mph. Judging by the extensive modifications already performed to the bike, it’s not impossible that the engine has had a few tweaks for more power.
However, bikes don’t have the benefit of weight that a car has. This prevents the Suzuki from accelerating off the line quite as hard as the ‘Cuda as the driver must carefully feather the throttle to avoid spinning out and crashing. This allows the Plymouth to get the early lead, but the Suzuki is soon able to catch up thanks to its far greater top speed.
It’s a neck and neck race, but the ‘Cuda is just able to hold on to the lead. The Barracuda finishes in an impressive 9.51 seconds at 140.97 mph, while the Suzuki clocks in at 9.63 seconds at 141.24 mph.
We’ve no doubt that the GSX driver could beat the ‘Cuda with just a slightly better start. Better luck next time.