Drag race: Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale V4 | Car vs Bike | Autocar

Drag race: Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale V4 | Car vs Bike | Autocar


You join us for another Autocar drag race,
this time it is supercar vs. superbike. Four-wheel-drive vs. one-wheel-drive and two very different
ways of going fast within the VW group. Now if you like this video, please don’t forget
to subscribe to the channel for videos like this every single week. The Panigale
V4 is the fastest mass production Ducati in the current range and it marks the significant
switch from a V-twin cylinder engine to a V4, effectively to make a better racing bike.
Its 1103cc engine produces 211bhp at, wait for it, 13,000rpm and 91.5lb ft at 10,000
revs. It comes with fully adjustable front and rear suspension with a single sided aluminium
swing arm at the back and it wears Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP’s as standard, they
tell me they’re good. It has a kerb weight of just 198kgs, I know, that isn’t very
much. What really stands out about this bike though is how technologically advanced it
is. The 6-speed gearbox comes with Ducati quick shift meaning you can keep the throttle
pinned through upshifts. It comes with wheelie control too so flat upshifts won’t throw
you off the back. It has various ride modes and power settings but most importantly for
this test, it has launch control. This V4 This V4 is not the V4 S, the S would be 3kgs lighter
but we’ve gone for what you would call the standard model in each manufacturers range.
So, likewise we have an Audi R8 V10 and not the V10+ so in this form it develops 540bhp
at 7800rpm and 398lb ft at 6500rpm from its 5.2 litre V10. The R8 weighs 1640kgs so
putting somebody inside it makes less of a difference thank it does on the motorbike but
it also has launch control, that’s activated by putting the car into dynamic mode, turning
the traction control to the right setting and then standing hard on the brake before
standing quickly on the accelerator at the same time. So here goes. At launch then things
are a bit give or take, the Audi’s four-wheel-drive system would like to throw itself down the
track quicker than the bike but the launch control takes a mite longer to react than
it does on the Ducati. The Ducati meanwhile would get away very quickly but Neil has to
feather the clutch slightly so that despite the wheelie control, he doesn’t get thrown
off the back and once the panigale hooks up, it is a comprehensive victory for the motorcycle.
And so to the times, the Audi R8 does 0-60mph in 3.43 seconds and 0-100mph in 7.72 seconds,
it breaks the standing ¼ mile mark at 11.5 seconds at 126.6mph and a standing ½ mile in 18.3
seconds at 150.4mph, which is quick but not as quick as the Ducati which goes from 0-60mph
in 3.28 seconds, it get’s to 100mph in 6.3 seconds, that’s almost a second and ½ faster
than the R8, it’ll do a standing ¼ in 10.84 seconds at 142mph and standing ½ mile in
16.46 seconds but we carried on beyond the ½ mile, well Neil did because he’s braver than I
am, up to and beyond 186mph where the speedo on the Ducati goes blank! Now, there’s a
reason for that, when Suzuki launched the Hayabusa in 1999, it exceeded 310km/h, that’s
190mph, fears of a European or regulatory crackdown lead motorcycle manufacturers to
kind of agree with each other that they wouldn’t make anything that went any faster than 300km/h which is 186mph except that you’ll note, the Ducati is still accelerating and there’s about
1200rpm to go. If you like this nonsense please don’t forget to subscribe and find us all
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