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Basem Wasef

Fifth Gear Pits $15,000 Ducati Against $220,000 Lamborghini

By September 19, 2007

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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera vs Ducati 1098

Brits really do have a sense of humor.

Fifth Gear*, the cinematically styled automotive show, once staged a good natured Lamborghini Gallardo versus Ducati 999 battle royale. After the nail-biting racetrack face-off, the Duc emerged victorious-- by only .44 of a second.

On the occasion of the launch of Lambo's souped up 10-cylinder, 523 horsepower supercar, the show once again threw Ducati's latest superbike-- the 160 horsepower 1098-- up against the Gallardo Superleggera, one of the hottest four-wheeled Italian exotics on the market.

Check out who won in this video clip (courtesy YouTube), and comment with any car versus bike musings that come to mind... and if you just can't stand to watch the Lamborghini intro, scan ahead to 2:48, where the motorcycle goodness commences.

* Fifth Gear was originally intended to replace Top Gear, which is hosted by the Jeremy Clarkson, the unapologetic sports car enthusiast who harbors a notorious hatred for motorcycles.

September 20, 2007 at 5:46 am
(1) C Hunter says:


5th gear NOT a spin off of Top Gear.
Completely different program on completely different channel

September 20, 2007 at 9:33 am
(2) Sloan says:

It appears that the video has been yanked.

September 20, 2007 at 10:25 am
(3) motorcycles says:

Sloan, thanks for the heads up; the video link has been updated.

C Hunter, thanks for the note; text has been corrected.


September 20, 2007 at 11:42 am
(4) Scottie says:

What a couple of beautiful machines.

September 20, 2007 at 1:50 pm
(5) TEvo says:

Yes please. One of each… as soon as someone can give me the winning numbers for the next MegaMillions lottery.


I think that’s a 1098S ($19,995USD) but minor semantics… the 1098S has no engine enhancements, just full Ohlins suspension and lighter forged wheels.

September 24, 2007 at 5:01 am
(6) motorcycles says:


Actually, they ID it as a 1098. The S would have done even better!

A couple weeks ago I had a chat with Don Canet, who told me he recently spent three solid days at the Nürburgring flogging a 1098. He had the option of doing so on an S, but chose the standard 1098 and ended up wishing he had the S (even with suspension tightened all the way, the base 1098 wasn’t quite right for the circuit.) Yes, I’m wildly jealous…


September 24, 2007 at 6:16 pm
(7) TEvo says:

You’re right… upon closer inspection, it doesn’t have the gold fork legs and gold TiN sliders of an Ohlins fork. It’s the black DLC coated sliders of the standard 1098′s Showa forks.

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