Twice as many wheels and four-times the power — Is all this enough for the Supra to win?by Punya Sharma, on LISTEN 02:35
The Toyota Supra has a cult following across the world and proudly wears the tag of "one of the best tuner cars." So finding a turbo’d Supra pumping out over 1000 horsepower is no new thing. What is rare, though, is someone pitting such a monster against a superbike to find out which one of these is faster. Doing exactly that, Hoonigan has pitted a souped-up turbo Supra against an Aprilia RSV4 superbike in a series of races and the result is…let’s just say, surprising.
First up is the souped-up Supra. It employs a 3.0-liter engine with an aftermarket turbo, which, with the accompanying modifications, all add up to an output of nearly 1000 horsepower. All this power goes to the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and the car is also running drag-spec slick tires outback.
On the other end, the Aprilia RSV4 is completely stock with just a full-system exhaust in the name of a performance mod. According to the rider (who self-built the bike), the RSV4 pumps out around 185 horsepower on the wheel, as tested on a dyno. You should also know that the bike has Pirelli Supercorsa tires which are NOT race-spec tires.
1000HP Toyota Supra vs Aprilia RSV4 Drag Race
With insane specs on paper and drag-spec tires, the ball is clearly in the Toyota Supra’s court, and that’s coming from me, who’s a die-hard bike fanatic. But deep inside, I know the Aprilia won’t go down without a fight. Watch the video to see who wins:
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Flabbergasted? Well, I was too. While I expected the RSV4 to give a fight, completely leaving a 1000hp Supra in the dust was a pleasant (sorry, car guys) surprise.
So why did the RSV4 win even though it made 1/4th the power? Credit here goes to its feathery weight which, in turn, gives it an epic power-to-weight ratio. This lets it use every ounce of power and gun away in a straight line reaching triple-digit speeds in no time. The rider also does a pretty great job at avoiding wheelies, a common problem while launching the bike.
Now that we’ve established the winner, do you think bikes are faster than cars? Let’s debate in the comments!