• Nov 29, 2010
Ferrari 458 Italia vs Ducati 1198S – Click above to watch video after the jump

Italy produces machines that look good rolling slow or screaming towards the ever evasive horizon, so it's no surprise that Motor Trend decided to pit two of the boot country's finest against each other: the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Ducati 1198S. Both are exotic machines with a laser-focus purpose crafted into each example built: Be. Fast.

The buff book boys were kind enough to have their cameras rolling as the 458 and 1198S faced off in two competitions. First up is a head-to-head race followed by a lap around the Streets of Willow. The result? While the Ferrari is an amazing machine, the Duc's power-to-weight simply laughs in the face of the V8-powered Prancing Horse. See for yourself by watching the video after the jump, then check out the accompanying article in the link below. Grazie per la punta, Steve!

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the sound of that screaming V8. This car is incredible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The V8 definitely sounds awesome. The Ducati's twin has more soul. Personally, I'll take the Duc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, one can go faster than the other in a simple straight line; whatever. Put them on a road course!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm - they did, and the Bike won again - finish watching the video before you start pounding your keyboard.

        Or was this sarcasm on your part referencing where the narrator made fun of Ferrari fanboys "posting angry youtube comments" after the dragrace section?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tony,
        Did you miss the Streets of Willow part?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just glad to see more motorcycle pron. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That crap about the Superleggera is pretty rich. R&T just tested the 458 and the Superleggera, and the Lambo was just as fast in a straight line (0-60 and 1/4); however, the Superleggera was .9 mph faster through the slalom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow...missed that when I read the article. The Italia should've been running Corsas! I'm always amazed when I see a supercar in a performance test without DOTs. It's like making Usain Bolt wear Top-siders for the 100 meter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Motor Trend - Reaching new heights in automotive obviousness.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "Grazie per la punta" means nothing, proper translation would be:"Grazie per la dritta"!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait? Weren't cars beating bikes before? I knew drag wise bikes were always king, but there were plenty of challenges where the car won on the track.

      Just one off the top of my head
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Man0X0bf8vk
      I remember some older one with a porsche too
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOAH.

      When did MT start producing vids with production values exceeding those of CSPAN?

      JOB WELL DONE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was a worthwhile time waster! MT should have gotten an R Ducati or even a Desmosedieci just for kicks. Yes, it does take tremendous skill to get that performance out of a motorcycle. That is why riding a motorcycle fast is a far more enjoyable experience than driving a car in my experience. Also wanted to mention the rider gets a better soundtrack from the induction noise that the video did not capture. I used to have a Ducati 748 and the induction sound at 11K rpm was absolute nirvana. My answer to the obvious question of which one would you want if you had to have one is the Ducati, of course.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps my math knowledge is not all that great, but isn't a 'order of magnitude' a factor of 10? I don't think the Ducat's p/w ratio is 10x less than the ~7:1 of the 458. The weight itself is not an order of magnitude.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ferrari works in the rain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The motorcycle works in the rain, the operator itself may or may not. Personally, I ride in the rain...the cold is the only thing that gets to me. That's mostly because I don't have winter gear, yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the advantage, Frankie? Staying dry. Yeah, the Ducati works in the rain - and I love bikes - but the rider will get wet, really wet in the cold eastern winter rains we experience. Ferrari 458 Italia drivers remain dry going fast in a really beautiful car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well at least the rain would put out the fires
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's ok, I doubt many Ferrari's are driven in the rain or cold weather either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't understand why Cagers (people in cars) think they have a supreme advantage in the wet. A set of touring tires like Michelin Pilot Roads can carve a canyon AND handle wet sweepers with ease.
        I've slowed down from 160khp (100mph) to let the cop catch me in a pouring rain. Because of that, he let me go with only 110, or 10 over.

        But back to the point. $22,000 is a large amount for a bike, and most of that price is in suspension upgrades and carbon fiber panels. For around $16,000, the basic 1198 would still spank Ferrari butt at Streets and the strip.

        I can't see owning a Italia, as magical as it is, in my lifetime. But I can see blowing the doors off one, at a stoplight on my Yamaha R6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unibrow: I think what he meant by "works in the rain" is the fact that the Ducati doesn't like getting wet, not the rider. Having been the owner of a 1098s, I can attest to the fact that in a light drizzle the bike has literally shut itself down and needed to be reset with a special code after getting wet. Part of the whole Ducati ownership "experience"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unibrow: I think what he meant by "works in the rain" is the fact that the Ducati doesn't like getting wet, not the rider. Having been the owner of a 1098s, I can attest to the fact that in a light drizzle the bike has literally shut itself down and needed to be reset with a special code after getting wet. Part of the whole Ducati ownership "experience"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only weather I will not ride in would be snow/ice. Rain is no problem, and it does not get that cold down here (thick gloves and a neck cover and you're fine).

        Tho I would not pass up a drive of the 458, I would rather ride the Ducat for some real fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was one of MT's better videos.

      Usually they are either boring as drag races, or some cheesy video where the guys ham it up way too much to the camera.
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