It’s the ultimate pub argument – which is faster, a superbike or a supercar? Well, we’ve managed to put together a very exciting test to find out.
And this is no ordinary supercar we’ve managed to secure – this is one of only four Nissan Juke Rs in the world. Built as a marketing tool to promote the manufacturer’s new Nismo range, the mad matt-black crossover boasts the engine and running gear from a Lamborghini slaying Nissan GT-R.
With 485bhp and 588Nm of torque produced by the twin turbo-charged 3.8-litre V6 engine the Nissan is capable of hitting 60mph in just 3.7 seconds and accelerating on to a top speed of 160mph.
With stats like that we needed a pretty special bike to compete – and more importantly a talented rider too. Luckily we managed to come up trumps on both counts with a Suzuki GSX-R1000 ridden by none other than three times British Superbike Championship title winner John Reynolds.
The former World Superbike and Isle of Man TT racer knows a thing or two about making two wheeled machines move quickly – and there was no doubt this test would need just that. The bike certainly boasted the right minerals too – 185bhp, a top speed of 185mph and a 0-60mph time of under 3.0-seconds.
For our race we headed to Rockingham Raceway in Corby and took to the Lakeside infield track for a head-to-head time trial.
Reynolds would be first with three standing start timed laps and we’d take the fastest of the three. Next up would be one ham-fisted journalist in the elongated shape of me in the four-wheel drive Nissan.
Whereas the bike would be slower in the corners, the Nissan would be quicker with its wider, race tyres and four wheel drive, hampered only by the inability of the driver strapped into the four-point harness. We also weren’t allowed to use the Juke’s launch control for fear we’d break things.
However, the 0.67-mile circuit was made up of a combination of slow and fast corners and lacked a long straight for either the Juke R or GSX-R to get into its stride.
Find out who won our very special race by watching the video below.
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