Is a normal BMW M5 or Nissan GT-R not enough for you? How about a tuned version with a simply insane amount of horsepower? To give you an idea of just how quick these tuned cars can be, we’ve lined up a drag race with a special two-wheeled guest – a Ducati Panigale V4 R.
Tap the video to watch the race.
The BMW M5 Competition in our lineup might look pretty ordinary, but it’s been tuned by Evolve to produce 800hp and 950Nm of torque from its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. This makes it one of the most powerful cars Mat’s ever drag raced.
The M5 has a few basic mods to get to the 800hp figure, but these look like chicken-feed compared with what’s been done to coax 1,600hp and 1,500Nm of torque from the Nissan GT-R lined-up next to it. Owner, Rocky Bhattel, has spent over £300,000 tuning it to this figure, including enlarging the standard twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine to 4.1 litres.
Just about everything has been upgraded, and it now tips the scales at about 1,800kg overall. So even though it’s a street car – not a full-blown drag racer – this GT-R looks like it could be a thorn in the M5’s side.
Compared with these cars, the Ducati’s power seems a bit modest. Its 998cc V4 petrol engine makes ‘just’ 221hp and 112Nm of torque – yet it weighs just 193kg (plus a 70kg rider). Tht’s 10 times less than the heaviest car here, the 1,950kg BMW M5.
Both cars in this race come with four-wheel drive for maximum traction off the line. So, to even the score for the one-wheel-drive Ducati, we’ve put Tommy Bridewell, a British Superbike Racer, in the hot seat– so there will be no excuses about getting the bike off the line cleanly.
But which of these tuned monsters is fastest, and can they beat the mighty Ducati superbike? Watch the video to find out.
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