It wasn’t that long ago that a bike v car drag race had an expected outcome, in most cases the two-wheel challenger lays down the law unless the tin-top in the race was highly modified. These days with the way technology in the automotive sphere has advanced, it’s entirely possible to see those tables turn with an OEM car offering up enough performance to pip a superbike off the line and keep a gap right up to very silly and dangerous speeds. Well, on paper anyway. There are plenty of variables in play, a lot has to do with the driver/rider and how good their reactions are, how good they can ride/drive as well as how brave they are. In this case, we see Porsche’s iconic supercar, the 652 kW (887 hp) 918 Spyder go up against the Red Bull KTM RC16 Moto GP bike with all of 198 kW (270 hp).
The Porsche 918 sees fitment of a normally aspirated 4.6-litre V-8 based inspired by the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 car and it produces 447 kW ( 608 hp), but a pair of electric motors add in the remaining horsepower to take it to that 652 kW total. Torque is equally impressive at 1280 Nm. The combination sees the 918 Spyder capable of hitting 100 km/h in a claimed 2.6-seconds, although some tests when the car launched saw it run a 2.2-second blast. The claimed quarter mile time is 9.8-seconds, which is hard to wrap your head around. When it comes to the two-wheeled challenger, it’s in the form of the Red Bull KTM RC16 from the 2021 MotoGP season as piloted by Dani Pedrosa. Power to weight is obviously the major factor here, and this Moto GP bike tips the scales a just 200 kg - rider included. That makes that 198 kW of power a lot more vicious. The compact 1000cc 4-cylinder engine powering the RC16 can rev to 18 500 rpm, and at the hands of our own Brad Binder the all-time Moto GP speed record was matched at 362.4 km/h (225.18 mph) aboard the KTM RC16 he campaigned in 2021.
So now you have the specs of the challengers in this video. We've watched it a few times already but you're not getting any spoilers from us. Usually we'd have our money on the bike, even when it's a modified street bike it's hard to find a car that can put up a decent fight but in this case the two-wheeled challenger being a legit Moto GP bike makes you think it has this race waxed but then there's a factory Porsche supercar that's capable of hitting a 9-second quarter mile. Will it go the way you think? Would you be confident enough to bet money on it?
Take a look at the YouTube video from one of our YouTube favourites, Mat Watson at carwow, where he pits the legendary Porsche 918 Spyder against a full-on track bike in the form of the Red Bull Moto GP competition bike: Porsche 918 Spyder v Red Bull MotoGP Bike: DRAG RACE | carwow
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