• The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages

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A heavily tuned BMW M5 Competition and Nissan GT-R would make for a tremendous race. Both models are already revered for their performance capabilities, but when you throw in the element of the aftermarket world into the mix, well, let’s just say that fireworks are expected.

We get to see these two heavy hitters in that environment courtesy of Carwow, but this particular race isn’t just between the M5 Competition and the GT-R. A third participant is involved, and it’s one of the most feared two-wheeled killers in the market: the Ducati Panigale V4R. This is a three-vehicle competition, and the stakes just went to the next level. Does the Panigale V4R have a chance against a heavily tuned M5 Competition and a souped-up Godzilla or is it going to fall flat on its face?

What kind of race are we looking at?

The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages
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It was a bit confusing in the beginning, but the folks at Carwow pitted a tuned BMW M5 Competition against a tuned Nissan GT-R and a Ducati Panigale V4R in a series of races and tests, specifically a rolling race, a brake test, and a good old drag race.

It might be odd seeing a Panigale V4R in a race against two performance cars that pack 2,400 horsepower between them, but you’d be surprised at what the Ducati is capable of on an open stretch of road.

We’re not going to spoil the results of the race, but what we’ll do is give you an idea of the protagonists and what each vehicle is packing underneath the sheets.

The BMW M5 Competition is tuned by Evolve. A lot of modifications were put into the performance sedan, none more impressive than an engine upgrade program on the M5 Competition’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that helped net 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. That’s 183 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque more than the engine’s standard output of 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

As impressive as that sounds, the upgrades on the Nissan GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine are even more bonkers. Details weren’t spared on what the specifics of the engine upgrades, but it was disclosed that the V-6 in this particular GT-R produces a walloping 1,600 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. Seems like an unbeatable car, right?

Before anyone gets ahead of themselves, the Ducati Panigale V4R is far from a chump.

It’s one of the most powerful motorcycles in the world, thanks in large part to a 998 cc engine that produces 234 horsepower at 15,250 rpm and 83 pound-feet of torque at a whopping 11,500 rpm.

The output of the bike’s motor is a long way from the 1,600-horsepower output of the GT-R, but what the bike lacks in power relative to its four-wheeled rivals, it makes up for in weight, or lack thereof.

Weighing at just 425 pounds, the Panigale 4VR is lighter by a significant margin over the 4,299-pound M5 Competition and the 3,968-pound GT-R. That doesn’t just level the playing field; it turns it over its head.

The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages
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So, which of these three incredible rides is the best of the lot? Watch the video and find out.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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