Can the Mighty Busa and ZX-14R take down Plaid? Read on to find out.by Khris Bharath, on
The Tesla Model S Plaid launched a few months ago. Ever since then, it has pretty much-dominated Drag strips across the country with its sub-10-second quarter-mile times. Barring a showdown against the Rimac Nevera, the Plaid has taken down some of the most potent and powerful purpose-built drag machines.
But how exactly does it fair against some of the best from the bike world? Well, Edmunds put out a video of a Model S plaid taking on a Suzuki Hayabusa and a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 R at Willow Springs, to find out just that. With that, let’s look at some performance numbers.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid
The Model S Plaid seen here is the 2021 model year. It produces 1020 horsepower from its three electric motors and All-Wheel Drive System, making it the fastest accelerating car in the world with a 0-60 time of 2.2 seconds. It weighs 4,842 pounds and costs $131,190. At the wheel of the Plaid is Edmunds manager for feature content, Carlos Lago.
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa
The Suzuki Hayabusa is the 2022 model year courtesy of Armand and Ron. It is a stock bike and features a 1.3 Liter in-line four engine that produces 188 horsepower, that is sent to the rear wheel. The Bike weighs 582 pounds and costs $19,009, with professional motorcycle drag racer and tuner, Chris Moore at the helm.
2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 R
The ZX-14 R seen here is the 2021 model year courtesy of Moore Mafia Maniacs. It features a 1.4 Liter in-line four engine, that produces 208 horsepower, with all that power going to the rear wheel. The ZX-14 R is slightly heavier than the Busa, tipping the scales at 593 pounds. It costs $15,649. With the specs out of the way, Let’s Race!!
Plaid vs Hayabusa (Standing Quarter)
The Busa and Plaid line up for the quarter-mile showdown. The hammer drops, and Chris struggles for traction and starts to wheelie. He also has to deal with the wind, while in the meantime, Carlos in the Plaid is gone. So the Plaid wins on this first run. The pair line up for yet another shot, to give Chris another chance, but just as before, the Plaid dominates the Busa and wins the second time round as well.
Plaid vs Hayabusa (Rolling Race)
The Suzuki and the Tesla do a rolling start from 40 mph. Once they hit the line, the Busa jumped it and stays in the lead till the finish and it’s a narrow win for the bike. As Chris jumped the start, the pair decide to go for another run, starting again from 40 mph. When they hit the line this time around, it is neck and neck for a bit, before the Plaid starts to pull on the Busa, eventually taking the win. This is despite the Tesla not having the advantage of its’ AWD launch.
Plaid vs Kawasaki ZX-14 R (Standing Quarter)
Having taken down the Hayabusa, Chris has a quicker bike to take on the Mighty Plaid. The Ninja ZX-14 R lines up against the Tesla Model S Plaid. Go!! As with the Suzuki, the ZX-14 R struggles for traction as Chris has to endure the strong winds while trying to put the bike’s 208 horsepower to the ground. But the Plaid dominates the Kawasaki as well, which failed to beat the Tesla over not one, but two passes.
Plaid vs Kawasaki ZX-14 R (Rolling Race)
With the standing quarter taken care of, it was now time for the final Roll-On runs. The pair set off from 40 mph. As they hit the line, the Ninja has a great start and pulls hard, and manages to stay in the lead till the finish line, beating the Plaid. Carlos says that he only managed 145 mph compared to 151 mph, on the rolling run against the Busa. He further adds that it could be due to performance degradation due to back-to-back runs. To give the Plaid a fair chance, the two set off once again from 40 mph for a second pass. This time, it’s much closer and the pair stay level all the way to the line, for a photo finish, with the Plaid just inching ahead.
Well, from these races, it is clear that the Tesla triumphs all in the standing quarter, but take the launch out of the equation, in the rolling races and the power to weight ratio of the bike, the ZX-14 R comes into play. Obviously, the Tesla is one of the slipperiest car’s out there and has more rubber to put its power down, while the bikes just had one wheel and have to also deal with the elements. Nevertheless, it was one hell of a showdown.