In the annals of Italian automakers, Ferrari is without question at the top of that list having produced some of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most iconic vehicles known to man. And when it seems that the company has exhausted all of its efforts in their supercar line-up, they come out and release the 458 Italia, an absolute gem of a supercar that’s already considered one of the all-time greats – recalls notwithsanding.

So when Motor Trend wanted to do a little showdown with the 458 Italia, they predictable reached out to its cross-town rival Lamborghini to set a duel between the Maranello stallion against the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. To everyone’s surprise, Lamborghini declined the invitation, leaving the 458 Italia with no opponent to go toe-to-toe with.

Fortunately, Motor Trend had a back-up plan with another iconic Italian brand with the only caveat being that this brand runs on two wheels. Whereas Lamborghini failed to answer the call, Ducati and it’s 1198S street racer were up for the challenge.

Full story after the jump.

Motor Trend put the 458 Italia and the 1198S in two different competitions: a quarter-mile sprint followed by a hot lap around the Streets of Willow in Los Angeles. As it turned out, the race between the two Italian icons ended up being lopsided, although not on the side that many would expect.

Despite owning the 1198S in naturally aspirated horsepower – 562 horsepower to 175 horsepower – the Ducati street racer has an even more important advantage up its exhaust. Weighing only 438 lbs, the 1198S is much lighter than the 3,400 lbs the 458 Italia is carrying. That translates to a pretty sizable power-to-weight ratio advantage for the superbike.

After two races, it became evidently clear that while the 458 Italia is a beast in every sense of the word, it didn’t have the metaphorical legs to keep up with the two-wheeled monster that is 1198S.

Interested in how the race unfolded? Check out Motor Trend’s video and find out.

Source: Motor Trend

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  (14) posted on 06.6.2011

Wow. I was surprised, but honestly, I would way rather a car than the fastest bike in the world. CARS RULE!!!!

  (399) posted on 02.28.2011

That is why riding a motorcycle fast is a far more enjoyable experience than driving a car in my experience. Also wanted to mention the rider gets a better soundtrack from the induction noise that the video did not capture.

  (402) posted on 02.28.2011

That was a worthwhile time waster! MT should have gotten an R Ducati or even a Desmosedieci just for kicks. Yes, it does take tremendous skill to get that performance out of a motorcycle.

  (273) posted on 02.21.2011

It is well known that these rubber hoses and the hose clamps harden over time from the heat in the engine and need to be replaced every 3 years or so. Most owners also replace the OE hose clamps with stainless fuel injection clamps and use double clamps on all connections.

  (613) posted on 02.21.2011

Having owned several Alfa Romeos and a Maserati Bi-turbo, this is a common problem for Italian cars. For some strange reason they use many rubber EFI hoses to connect the fuel rail to the fuel lines. Also they use really odd size rubber hoses (7.8mm) which is unique but the dangerous part is that the conventional 8mm EFI hoses will appear to fit over the metal pipe but leak under pressure.

  (201) posted on 12.2.2010

The motorcycle works in the rain, the operator itself may or may not. Personally, I ride in the rain...the cold is the only thing that gets to me. That’s mostly because I don’t have winter gear, yet.

  (534) posted on 12.1.2010

this is one of the best racing between Motor and a super car. the 458 italia has 202MPH while the Ducati has 185MPH top, but weight is a big factor with those kind of numbers.

  (831) posted on 11.30.2010

Ducati doesn’t like getting wet, not the rider. Having been the owner of a 1098s, I can attest to the fact that in a light drizzle the bike has literally shut itself down and needed to be reset with a special code after getting wet. Part of the whole Ducati ownership "experience"

  (3) posted on 11.30.2010

Bike rules.....ducati rules.....0-60 in 2.7 sec.....awesme.

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