Is There Any Way On Earth That A Ducati Panigale V4R Superbike Can Bully A BMW M5 And A Nissan GT-R On Steroids? - story fullscreen Fullscreen

Is There Any Way On Earth That A Ducati Panigale V4R Superbike Can Bully A BMW M5 And A Nissan GT-R On Steroids?

The tuned BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R make 2,400 horses combined and still find it hard to beat a 220-horsepower superbike!

The good folks at ‘Carwow’ had a three-way race between a BMW M5 Competition, a Nissan R35 GT-R, and a Ducati Panigale V4R. While the superbike was stock, the cars most certainly weren’t. The German and the Japanese made 2,400 horses combined to fend off competition from a 200-odd-horsepower bike. Do you think the Ducati can beat these two cars, or will it be one of them to show the superbike its place?

How Much Power Do Each Of Them Make?

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This BMW M5 Competition is powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine. It makes 800 HP and 701 lb/ft of twist. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox

The BMW M5 Competition comes with a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine. In the stock form, it makes 600 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque.

This example, however, is tuned and puts out 800 ponies and 701 pound-feet of twist.

Power is routed to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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The tuned Nissan R35 GT-R features a 4.1-liter V-6 engine that produces a massive 1,600 HP and 1,106 lb/ft of oomph! The wheels are powered by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox

The Nissan R35 GT-R comes with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine in stock form, but this one is far from stock.

It displaces 4.1 liters and produces 1,600 horses and 1,106 pound-feet of oomph!

Power is channeled to the wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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The Ducati Panigale V4R features a 1.0-liter, V-4 engine that makes 221 HP and 83 lb/ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
The Ducati Panigale V4R, on the other hand, features a 1.0-liter, V-4 engine that makes 221 horses and 83 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Ducati weighs 425 pounds (193 kilos) plus a 154 pounds (70 kilos) rider. The BMW M5 weighs 4,299 pounds (1950 kilos). The GT-R, despite some significant upgrades, weighs 3,968 pounds (1,800 kilos); 331 pounds (150) kilos lighter than the Bimmer.

The Nissan Couldn’t Get Through Without Breaking Down

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They started with the rolling race from 50 mph in third gear. The M5 got the best kickdown off the line, but the GT-R exploded past it soon. The Ducati also managed to edge the M5 by the finish line. So, the end result was the GT-R taking the win, the Ducati coming in second, and the M5 finishing third.

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The three vehicles raced again from 40 mph in second gear. This was much closer and the M5 was the quickest again, but it didn’t get as much of a lead as it did last time. Both, the GT-R and the Ducati, went past it. However, the Nissan’s fourth gear hit a bit of a snafu and the race had to be abandoned.

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Then came the brake test from 70 mph. The BMW M5 Competition stopped in the shortest distance, followed by the GT-R, and then the Panigale V4R

So, they faced each other in a brake test next from 70 mph. The M5 stopped in the shortest distance, followed by the GT-R, and then the Ducati. The GT-R was expected to stop in the shortest distance because it features carbon-ceramic brakes, but that didn’t happen.

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The folks at ‘Carwow’ had a Ducati Panigale V4R face a BMW M5 Competition and a Nissan R35 GT-R. The catch here was that both the cars were on steroids while the superbike was stock

Anyway, the vehicles then moved on to the drag race after the brake test. The M5 and the bike got off to a hot start, but the GT-R was left lagging behind. It wasn’t slow per se, but for a 1,600-horsepower car, it was. The GT-R’s driver later noted that the even gears weren’t working fine. The Ducati completed the race in 10 seconds, the BMW in 10.4 seconds, and the GT-R in 11.8 seconds.

Watch the video below to see how the race panned out and what hurdles the GT-R face on the way.

Sidd Dhimaan
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