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  • Dec 16th 2011 at 12:30PM
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Once again, the car versus bike conundrum takes to the track, this time at the behest of the blokes from Auto Express in the UK. BMW is an obvious choice when it comes time to single out a manufacturer, as it offers machines at the pinnacle of performance on both two wheels and four.

And so we have the S 1000 RR up against the 2012 M5, lapping the famous Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, England. With 560 horsepower from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and a curb weight of about 4,300 pounds, the M5 is a formidable competitor. But it's the bike, with 193 horsepower and a dry weight of just 400 pounds, that takes the power-to-weight crown.

The bike's advantage can be illustrated this way: 3.0 seconds versus 4.4 seconds. Those are the times it takes the S 1000 RR and M5 to hit 60 miles per hour. But that's not the whole story. With twice the number of contact patches, the M5 ought to be able to regain plenty of time in the corners and under braking.

Throw in an extremely slippery track surface – wet with a smattering of dead leaves – and we'd expect an awfully tight race. And, despite the conditions making it a bit unfair for the two-wheeler, that's exactly what we got. Hit the jump to watch it all play out on video. Spoiler alert: The BMW wins.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Can we have one video form the UK where its not wet?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pointless, and the car vs. bike thing is getting a little tired. The bike looks to never exceed 25* or lean angle, which is to say it's using around 50% of it's potential. Anyone who thinks the BMW is not a genuine superbike is out of their mind and/or hasn't ridden one. I own a Ducati, but I have huge respect for what BMW has been able to accomplish with the S1000RR. Suggesting this isn't a fantastic bike, particularly in street trim, is absurd.
      Fat Stig
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont like these car vs bike races, at least not racing at the same time. It makes it difficult for the car to even get close the bike because the slightest bit of contact could kill the biker. I would be more interested in lap times, putting them together puts the car at a huge disadvantage since he has to drive super defensively, if he was just slightly aggressive and tried to cut inside the bike would crash.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once they did an arbitrary 10 second handicap, the whole thing became dumb. I guess it showed the car is faster than the motorcycle on that track when it's wet. I really doubt there would be any way to pass the motorcycle on that narrow track anyway. At least without risking killing him.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ha yeah try again when its dry and the bike can actually be ridden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fer cissake... if you're going to do this test at least do it right....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, that's what we want to see, a comparison in the wet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Riding with a car on a wet track is not my idea of fun, but watching someone else do it is not half bad!
      • 3 Years Ago
      InBefore all the people that complain that the track is wet, and for all the other people that will complain that the bike had a 10 second headstart. Then there will be those that will complain that either the driver or rider would have done this, or done that and that clearly they could pilot either of those vehicles better. Obviously those people have access to a racetrack every day of the year and must have a garage full of M5s and BMW superbikes. The rest of us will sit back and enjoy the video and not really care who actually won. It was a fun BMW vs BMW shootout.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Given the slippery and damp conditions why was the bike on dry weather tires? With a more suitable tire the bike would have kept its distance and in the dry it would have pulled away from the heavy BMW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next time wait until you have a dry track. This is pointless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        and waiting for a dry track in the UK during this time of the year is not pointless?
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