BMW M3 vs. BMW S 1000 RR - Click above to watch video after the jump

Common logic says that where two wheels are good, four wheels are better. That's especially true when the skies open up and the track turns wet. BMW Motorrad wanted to put that logic to the test, so the company recently lined up two of the meanest pieces of machinery in the German manufacturer's stable: the mighty BMW M3 and the sinister S 1000 RR. Thanks to some tinkering by Akrapovic Evolution, the 4.0-liter V8 engine in the M3 now kicks 442 horsepower to the rear wheels with a curb weight of 3,571 pounds.

The BMW S 1000 RR, meanwhile, was strung out to around 198 horsepower while weight was stripped down to a mind-boggling 434 pounds soaking wet. The two were made to square off on opposite ends of the same track. The first racer to catch the other won bragging rights for not just themselves, but the auto or moto faithful as well. How'd it go? We won't spoil it for you, but we will say it took the victor just 15 laps to reel in his adversary. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Craig!

[Source: YouTube]



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      J. Edwin K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Duh. Bike is gonna kill the car. Still, given the choice I'd take the M3.
      Third Leg
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why I drive a Civic as my daily driver and ride a CBR when I want to go fast. I've already spanked 2 Porches, a Ferrari and numerous other sports cars that wanted to play. Nothing more fun than beating cars that cost 6 figures in something that costs a fraction of that.
        MarcCBR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Third Leg
        I'm the same way. I have a CBR1000RR when I want too go fast. No car except the exotic (Which I cant afford) can fill that need for acceleration.
      ntcougar7
      • 3 Years Ago
      S1000RR is one of the fastest bikes in the world.. the M3 has nearly no chance.
      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with the music. Would rather hear the engines. Otherwise entertaining.
      jOZE
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have a typo - it's Akrapovic not Akropovic. Interesting comparison.
      airchompers
      • 3 Years Ago
      The link from the front page points to some serious yahoos.
      mikesurowiec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bike is faster in a straight line. Car is faster in the corners (more wheels, more grip). Can't we all just get along?
        MarcCBR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikesurowiec
        They may be faster in the corner but into and out of the corner the bike will take most cars every time. Because of its lighter weight It can brake later and with the acceleration out of the corner that also helps the bike.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikesurowiec
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      Murad
      • 3 Years Ago
      The M3's curb weight is pretty close to the 2011 Camaro.
        Jay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Murad
        Last 2011 M3 tested by InsideLine tipped the scales at 3556lbs, the Camaro SS was 3905lbs. I would not call 349lbs close in weight. For comparission sake that is a 35hp advantage just in weight to the M3.
          Murad
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jay
          That "35hp advantage just in weight" evaporates when the forced-induction M3 is compared to the forced-induction ZL1. Any car weighing more than 3500 lbs. is a heavy car. (/opinion).
      Termin8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wet track, end of useful data.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Superbikes FTW.
      Zero
      • 3 Years Ago
      big shocker there.....youre telling me bikes are faster than cars? NO WAI!! also, who does testing on a wet track?
      Logan Wild
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet Video but it's raining so neither bike or car could get proper traction.... Bike vs Car = USELESS HP to Weight Ratio on bike is insane compared to a car.
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