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312012 BMW M5 takes on S 1000 RR motorbike at Cadwell Park

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.

322012 BMW S 1000 RR refines the sportbike paradigm

BMW shocked the motorcycle world in 2009 with the launch of its S 1000 RR superbike. Here was a bike, produced by a company known mostly for its touring and adventure machines, that wasn't just competitive with the best from Japan and Italy, but class-leading in power and technology – and all for an extremely reasonable price. And it has sold rather well.

41Video: BMW S 1000 RR valvetrain at full bore shocks and awes

BMW S 1000 RR valvetrain – Click above to watch the video after the break

46Officially Official: BMW unleashes all the details on S 1000 RR superbike (w/VIDEO)

BMW S 1000 RR - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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