• Jan 4, 2010
Ducati 1098 versus Nissan GT-R – Click above to watch the video after the break

What happens when you line a motorcycle up with a car on a racetrack? As always, the answer is up for debate and depends on the vehicles being compared, the track they are running on, track and weather conditions and the skill of the pilots. Still, it's an age-old battle of four wheels versus two, good versus evil – and somehow we just know that the video from Autocar pasted after the break will only serve to drive the two camps further apart than ever before.

First, the combatants. A stealthy black Nissan GT-R carries the turbocharged, all-wheel drive torch on the four-wheeled side, while a Ducati 1098 ably handles the motorcycle duties. As you probably expect, the superbike has no problems whatsoever leaving the GT-R for dead in a straight line, while the car's two additional contact patches allow it to brake and turn with much more authority than the Ducati. And the winner is? Click past the break to see for yourself.

[Source: Autocar via Youtube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      You want an "exotic" bike, look for the Ducati Desmosedici rr. $85k US and 180hp at the rear wheel.
      J. Fisher
      • 5 Years Ago
      @minesasecret

      He is talking about the video. If you listen at 0:20 Seconds he says "skyline."
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      @priymedh,

      Lemme guess...you just picked up your first bike, a liter bike, and
      you wear a sweatshirt and jeans when riding. Squid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah what a squid! should have started on a hyabusa or zX14. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome test of Bike Vs Car.

      A lighter more powerful car would be better. Like the ZR-1, LF-A etc. That bike you serious so a serious car was needed.



      Also i might sound dumb for this...but i didn't kno there was exotic bikes....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM,

        Thought you said the GT-R was not a supercar.
        That looked pretty supercar to me.
        Why do you think a lighter more powerful car would be better?
        He made it pretty clear in the video that the GT-R beat the bike overall by 3 seconds around the track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @Downhill Specialist. I have owned a few Ducatis and a first generation R1 (and about 50 other motorcycles over the last 20 years) and I am green with envy that you are getting a new R1. I really like the way they look and then I heard one with an Akrapovic exhaust and had to go home to change my undergarments. Your comments are spot on regarding exotic bikes. I think Ben Spies probably thinks the R1 is better than a Ducati though :)
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Is serious *
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I'm with you...I'd love to see the LF-A in action against anything, on a street-style racetrack.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        a couple bike mfgs that i view as being exotics- binelli, aprilia, mv agusta, and yes, ducati... i don't think price makes them exotic, i think its the exclusivity, emotional design, and european (of course, not all euro bikes are exotic). japanese bikes are too common, and usually get beat up because they're cheap. for some 2 wheel porn, check out ducati desmosedici rr ... above statement is just my opinion!
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @JDM

        That bike was serious but a GTR isn't serious enough? Says who? You? Ha that made me laugh

        @Venom

        Do you really need to ask that question?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Awesome test, extremely informative. I love the final comment on how nuts it is when the bike passes the GTR out of that corner. It would be interesting to see which one came out on top in a real race because I think it would be MUCH harder for the GTR to pass the bike, and stay on top.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Yes there are bikes that are considered exotic.

        I would not compare my Yamaha R6 or soon to be shipped R1 as being as exotic as say the Ducati 1098R. For one: the 1098R, despite being (in my eyes) no better than the R1, costs roughly $49,000 dollars versus the R1's $13,000. Similar to a GT-R being as good as a Porsche 911, one costs much more and therefore would be considered the more 'exotic'.

        To me a Ducati doesn't necessarily smack of exotic except for some of it's material construction and the like. However once you consider that you will see thousands of Japanese bikes on the road, versus a much smaller number of Ducati's more expensive models, you could easily make the argument that it's an exotic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone should tell Steve Sutcliffe that the new "GT-R" is not a Skyline.
      JDM Nissan Skyline aka Infiniti G37 in export markets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I enjoy tasteful bike car comparisons, considering all things, in this case the bike pilot requires considerable more skill and balls to go as fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is worthy of a story, really? Bikes have never been able to hang with even a good handling car, much less a great handling one. An automatic Vette will leave even the fastest bikes in the twisty stuff, and without a long section the bike will never have a chance to close the gap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait until cars start to lean into turns like bikes do (years away) - when that happens, even this GTR is going to be considered a "boat".

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm fairly confident I can drive most cars in this world but motorbikes are another story. The only two times I've tried to ride a motorcycle I've fallen off of them and I've even wrecked a scooter. Somethng about that whole hand operated throttle thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter to me who's faster...bikes give me an adrenalin rush that no four-wheeled vehicle can match. There's nothing like having your kneepuck kissing the deck while the front wheel is heading towards the apex and your throttle hand is waiting to chase the redline.
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