There have been car-versus-bike drag races since there have been cars and bikes to pit against each other. They are always interesting to watch, as the tech balanced between the two different worlds has progressed at a mostly even pace. Bikes use light weight and aero to their advantage, while cars tend to use grip and power.
The recently redesigned Honda CBR1000RR-known in the UK as ‘Fireblade’-is a lightweight bike packed with power. represents the old-school way to go fast, shoving 189 horsepower to the rear wheel of the 433 pound bike. It’s a proper hyperbike, the kind of bike that I’d kill myself on in the first twenty minutes. The new bike has traction control and the factory alleges a sub-three-second 0-60 time. It’s nutty quick.
It’s well known by now that the Honda/Acura NSX is a quick machine in its own right. Our own Raphael Orlove described the thing as “a hybrid, turbo, mid-engine, all-wheel drive, 191-mph jet without wings”, which seems pretty apropos, having driven one myself. The NSX is officially rated to a 3.1 second 0-60 time, but in the real world it’s a bit quicker than that.
So, does the lightweight bike win the advantage in this quarter-mile drag race, or does the tech-wizardry of the NSX prevail?