Cars vs bikes is a debate that seems to have been raging ever since motorised vehicles replaced equestrian ones. And more than a century later, we are still no closer to resolving it than we were at the start. Ever since they graduated from being just modes of transportation to being the die-hard passions of a lot of people, the debate of cars vs bikes is no longer restricted to practical or logical discussions. Features, looks and specifications are thrown out the window in favour of the one thing that all motorists consider as an absolute: speed.
The pursuit of speed has been ingrained in all motorists regardless of which type of vehicle they prefer. Lap times, acceleration and top speed have become the measures with which vehicles are to be classified and compared. And while it may not be an entirely plausible way to do so, it does make for some brilliant entertainment. Watching a race between 2 cars or 2 bikes, while no doubt entertaining on its own, pales in comparison to a race between a bike and a car. Maybe it’s because these kind of races are not a competitive sport that we’ve been watching for decades. They’re more like the 19th century duels in the American wild west when the stakes were bragging rights and honour instead of mere trophies.
In recent times, with the advent of increasingly powerful engines, improved aerodynamics and the use of superchargers in bikes (Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R), superbikes vs supercars races have become akin to the Roman era chariot races: fast-paced, dangerous and wildly exciting. So, for your entertainment, here are some of the best videos of superbikes competing against supercars in the modern day Coliseums: race tracks and drag strips.
1. Aprilia RSV4 vs Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
2. Kawasaki Ninja H2R vs a Bugatti Veyron, Nissan GT-R and McLaren MP4-12C
3. Ducati 1199 Panigale S vs McLaren MP4-12C
4. BMW S1000RR vs Bugatti Veyron Vitesse
5. Suzuki GSX-R1000 vs Porsche 911 Turbo S
6. BONUS: A MotoGp Bike vs an IndyGP Car
So what’s your verdict on the superbikes vs supercars debate? Let us know in the comments below.
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