It’s the eternal pub debate: which is quicker, a sports car or a sports bike?
Traditionally, the lighter frame of the bike would have given it an edge, but in these days of launch control, twin-clutch gearboxes and the sheer power meted out by top-flight sports cars, it is now much harder to call.
To settle the argument, we took the scientific approach: a drag race at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.
Representing four wheels is the 911 Turbo S, the biggest gun in Porsche’s armament and one of the fastest accelerating production cars on the planet. Developing 530bhp, it will rocket to 62mph in 3.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 196mph, with the grunt seamlessly chanelled to all four wheels thanks to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s even got launch control to ensure a perfect getaway every time.
What’s more, Porsche is famously conservative with its published performance figures, and the Turbo S has previously been timed covering the 0-62mph sprint in under three seconds.
Which is just as well, because the Suzuki GSX-R1000 will comfortably cover the benchmark sprint in that time thanks to its highly-strung 185bhp 1.0-litre motor.
It’s anyone’s to call, and to prove that we’re not being biased towards the car, we’ve got none other than three-time British Superbike Champion John Reynolds to pilot the Suzuki.
In the Porsche? Well, we’ve got desperate. Our man James Baggott is at the wheel, and as you can see from the out-take video below, it took him a second to get his bearings.
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And here is the failed first attempt: