Nissan GT-R vs. Aprilia RS4 Factory APRC SE – Click above to watch video after the jump

Car versus motorcycle is a never-ending debate, which can leave both sides of the room shouting and pointing (middle) fingers. Hell for Leather certainly sits on one side of the debate, but the crew also knows a thing or two about four-wheeled modes of transportation. Aprilia came to the HFL team to help produce a video showing what the new 2011 RSV4 Factory APRC SE can do against an automobile on a track.

Monticello's Mushroom track would be the place for the showdown, and the opponent is none other than a 2010 Nissan GT-R. Since these are two-wheel-loving folks, you can excuse them for stating that the 2010 GT-R produces 530 horsepower. It doesn't. The 2012 version certainly does, but the 2010 car "gets by" with 485. Still, the coupe is a track assassin, and a worthy opponent to the Aprilia.

How does each machine fare? Click past the jump for the clip.


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      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sigh. Anytime anyone does one of these comparisons the outcome is always in favour of the views of whoever administering the test. When Top Gear does it the car wins. When Aprilla does it, the bike wins. Ultimately a car will be faster if enough money is invested in it. Two wheels will never put down the same performance as four. Find a track that both race bikes and race cars race on and there's a certain point when the cars start lapping faster. The whole issue is that making car that fast is really expensive and will likely make it illegal to use on the road. That's the key to motorcycles: For the average person they are by far the cheapest way to go fast. Well, as long as someone else is paying the insurance...
      postpast
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars and Bikes should only be compared on time. Riding a rocket at full tilt is insane. Doing so with a car in your mirrors is just stupid!
      jaazani
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me. That is bike "friendly." A track with sharper turns and shorter straights would have favored the GTR. Either way both vehicles are great in their own right.
      Jason H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy, there sure are a bunch people angry about the bike winning...it's pretty much a foregone conclusion from a power-to-weight ratio standpoint unless your talking a Formula One racer...
        AnonymousOne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason H
        Or an Ariel Atom ... as was proved by Top Gear. That would be a true test for the Aprilla, run it against an Atom out at VIR.
      Stacey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look. Rain...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stacey
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even if it was a slower bike that lost, the sensation of speed is completely and utterly incomparable when talking about a bike versus even a really fast car. Man, I miss having a motorcycle.
      ColeWorld
      • 3 Years Ago
      talk about terrible lines by the GT-R...brb going into a turn wide and....exiting wide
      reuben
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love both cars and bikes. Had my fare share of both fast cars and superbikes. Straight line speed, there is no production car that will match a litre superbike up to 150-160 mph. Acceleration on a superbike like the RSV4 is an experience everyone should try at least once. Braking is different...... modern bikes have amazing anchors, but it always relies on a contact patch of 1 inch to stop! Don't get me wrong it will still outbrake most cars, but this is an area were bikes suffer most on the track compared to performance cars. If you want the most performance per buck, bikes are the way to go... always, but it does hurt if things go wrong! and at any point if your pushing it, it WILL happen.
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next up, the Ducati vs. a Volkswagen Beetle. Or is it the space shuttle vs. a Sea Doo?
      sam2877
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take into consideration that a track made for twistiest is not a track made for high speeds. GT-R never has time to catch up if its always slowing down.... If it was a track for high speed's a bike w/o abs will have to slow down before the end of a long stretch giving the GT-R plenty of time to go in front and keep building up the lead. BTW i love bikes.
        condubba
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sam2877
        BTW that's great that you love bikes; the Aprilia doesn't have ABS, if that's what you're trying to say. Despite the GT-R being Nissan's holy grail of tech, the $60k-less bike still won by a track mile.
        ColeWorld
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sam2877
        uhhh what you got it all backwards..Twisties are better for cars, they have more grip. High speed track is a murder in favor of bikes.
          carboy55
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          You're kidding, right? Have you ever ridden a fast bike?
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of cause its fake. It wouldn't make sense for the commercial to say: "Buy our bike, it lost to a car." Further more it looked like the Nissan wasn't using launch control (unlike the Aprilla), and the driver of the car certainly missed some apexes to give room for the bike to take the inside line, i'm just sayin that if the car driver had driven to win he would have kept his line.
        Jon Miles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ejvind Andersen
        I was the driver in the GTR. I can attest to the fact that this was mostly fabricated. The rider on the RSV4 and I were very close in pace. The producers and the some guys from Hell for Leather magazine sat down with us during lunch and decided upon a few second advantage for the RSVR. The guy on the bike and I had to make it look realistic. I had to keep from running him over and gave him plenty of room. The rider dropped the bike early on in the filming, so I gave him that much more room...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        Remember that this particular bike has traction control, launch control, a quick shifter, and beyond the amazing power to weight ratio and race replica suspension, is running special Pirelli dual compound tires developed specifically for the bike that are about as close as you can get to race slicks.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
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        Rexxer
        • 3 Years Ago
        haha You have no clue what 180 hp means on a motorcycle do you... This is in NO way staged and actually the car was closer than I would have guessed.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rexxer
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        VROOOM!
        • 3 Years Ago
        You hit the nail right on the head. As a motorcycle rider I love bikes and the thrills they give but on a tight course the bike simply cant hold the lateral grip with 2 tiny contact patches.
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