• Oct 2nd 2010 at 2:08PM
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Car guys insist that their four-wheeled machines are as fun as any motorcycle. The two-wheeled, leather-clad bike folks laugh at this notion, then scream off into the twisties at 9,000 rpm. The discussion can go back and forth until both parties are blue in the face. Inside Line decided it would be fun to put two powerful examples, one car and one motorcycle, to the test. These aren't just run-of-the-mill vehicles, either: In one corner is a 2010 Bugatti Veyron while in the other sits a 2010 BMW S 1000 RR. The battleground? Forest roads around Molsheim, France

The Veyron obviously has the power advantage, thanks to its quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine that produces 1,001 horsepower. The 190-horsepower BMW, however, has a huge weight advantage and the agile bike can get around any Citroën-shaped obstacles that it might come across.

The staff at Inside Line give the nod to the bike, for a number of valid reasons. It makes more sense in a day-to-day atmosphere, can slip through traffic, and when the luggage rack is applied it has more cargo capacity. The S 1000 RR also gains an edge when comparing maintenance costs. Changing a tire on a bike isn't too much of a hit to the wallet, but to change the full set of rubber on the Bugatti costs $90,000. Furthermore, there are only two machines in the world capable of handling that job -- one in France and another here in the US.

Regardless of the outcome, the pair both represent unique forms of engineering excellence and the real winner of the shootout is Inside Line. Getting to spend time with either vehicle is a treat, but getting to do it on a scenic French road is a dream. Head on over to Inside Line to live vicariously through their lucky contributor.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      S1000 RR all the way it actually does o0-60 in 2.5
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure if you have money to drop on a Veyron, 90k shouldn't be a problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not about cost! it's about performance and thrill!

        If this were food it would be like comparing a giant steak that has elaborate cooking processes but is plentiful and costly but oh so excellent (Veyron) versus a steak tips which are much simpler to cook and much less costly yet still delicious but in a different package. It just depend on what "eating experience" you're looking for because they share similar flavors!

        I wouldn't refuse either! But I'd rather the Veyron; as long as it didn't look stupid with seasonal tires on it after I go through the OEMS because HELL NO I can't afford 90K for tires. Not even once!

        • 4 Years Ago
        @phaboman

        Nooo.. Really? Say it ain't so! ;) lol Of course one can afford the tires if they can afford the car! lol. My comment were under the pretense of my being GIVEN the car dude...... GIVEN!

        Though I love the Veyron in every way. Even if I had the money I probably wouldn't buy it. Though one day I plan on buying a Lambo M SV, if I had the Veyron money I'd spend it on building farms for poor people in the desert or something. Or maybe buy them bus tickets to live in more farmable areas... lol

        "See what this is? It's SAND! You know what it's gonna be in 100 years? SAND!
        - SK
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mentioning price in a "whos fastest" test is the first sign of defeat. The Veyron is faster, theres no point in arguing. Bikes are terrible on corners but have much faster acceleration than most cars which help them make up for their cornering ability, unfortunately for bikes the Veyron aint "most cars" and accelerates just as fast as a bike making it superior in every imaginable category of a fair race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes but, don't forget that $90,000 price tag for a tire change after a couple of passes, while the bike can do about 8k miles in between changes costing under $500
        • 4 Years Ago
        the Veyron does 0-62mph in 2.5s and the 1/4mile on normal tarmac outside high traction drag strips in 9.8s and all you need to do is floor the throttle... ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        0-186 mph (300kph) Bugatti Veyron 16,7 sec.
        0-186 mph (300kph) BMW S1000 RR over 20 sec.

        0-62 mph is the half truth..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an Yamaha YZF-R6 that can do 0-60 2.8. Some of the bikers (with a love for 4 wheeled vehicles) on this blog don't have to dream.....

      Seriously though, Yamaha is Japanese for "I don't give a @*$# what you car is..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Simple fact:

        If you put me on my (non etreme, just sprocket change and exhaust) Yamaha YZF-R6 (105HP at the rear wheel) and you in the Veyron (1001HP thru all 4 wheels), I'd hand you your own ass.

        Simply put:

        I have more experience at the edge of my pedestrian race replica motorcycle than you do piloting a Bugatti. And no, video games don't count.

        • 4 Years Ago
        simple fact.... if you take the most extrem track bikes and cars and compare them... the bike gets is ass handed badly...
        around a typical GP track a F1 car is 30s each lap quicker than a Moto GP bike driven by worlds best bike drivers.. means every third lap the F1 car would lap the bike

        http://www.metacafe.com/watch/154853/f1_vs_moto_gp/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both are great performance machines in their own right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ....video?

      PLEASE?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's taking them 3 seconds to hit 60 and 10.2 for the 1/4 mile on the bike, then they need to find someone who knows how to ride.

      My 2000 Honda CBR 929RR could do sub-10's in the 1/4 and that bike *only* produced about 150 HP at the crankcase. I'm sure that 10 years later bikes haven't become slower.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 zx6r and a 2004 mustang gt with a few mods. The car is nice to drive year round and pushing the throttle from time to time. In the twisties it gives a great feeling but there is nothing like driving a motorcycle at 16k rpms, the bike just screams and its very agile. When I switch from my bike to my car, the car feels slow for the rest of the day. I think both cars and bikes have their advantages, however pure joy while driving, there is nothing like driving a motorcycle with the throttle wide open.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Faster", not "fastest".
      You are only comparing two modes of transportation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Several motorcycle world champions have gone on to become automobile world champions....never the other way around....I've seen one Bugatti: on Olympic in West Los Angeles....some old skudge sitting at a stop sign......as an old skudge myself, I'd rather be seen on my HP2, no matter how much faster the Bugatti may be......BFA
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you never see NFL world champions go on to be Arena Football champions. Whats your point? Thats a major downgrade, world champions dont downgrade, they upgrade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @aughscreennames

        are you even remotely serious or just trolling? 2 wheeling it at the extreme takes way more cojones and way more skill then it does in 4 wheels.

        Isle of man TT, dare I say more nuts then insane then even WRC
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars in general turn much quicker and harder than a motorcycle, so pitting a Veyron against a bike is poor choice.

      Try an Ariel Atom 500 V8 and the bike won't stand a chance in the twisties.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I had the choice to choose I'd have to pick the Bugatti. Not because it's better necessarily, but because there's no chance in Hell I'll ever be able to afford one. Then I can save up for the BMW, and pawn the Bugatti in case of financial emergencies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...Interesting but if enjoyment is the object, then the real test would be how the rider or driver felt at say 300km/h. The Bug might get there faster but I'll bet it's not nearly as thrilling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VEYRON FTW
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