Bike versus car comparos always inspire a healthy debate: with their superior power to weight ratios and unrelenting performance, sportbikes tend to outperform exotic four-wheeled rivals while running a mere fraction of the cost. It's just one of the many reasons we love to ride, and a thorn in the side of chest-thumping cagers who respond by pointing out the inherent dangers of two-wheeled transportation.
Motor Trend magazine re-ignites the age old bike vs. car argument in a feature penned by journalist Barry Winfield*. The article pits a $22,000 Ducati 1198S (piloted by AMA racer Steve Rapp) against a $287,000 Ferrari 458 Italia (manned by hotshoe Justin Bell), and the results are predictably one-sided: at the dragstrip, the Duc outruns the Ferrari by a full 1.1 seconds. Around the Streets of Willow track, the Ducati also emerges victorious by over 2 seconds, proving that-- at least the right hands-- motorcycles offer incomparable performance for the paltry price of a mid-size sedan... not to mention one hell of a thrill along the way.
Source: Motor Trend
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* Barry, like yours truly, writes about both motorcycles and cars
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