Motorcycle Performance Versus Car Performance

You probably know at least several people who have spent a large amount of money on a brand new sports car or maybe a bit smaller amount on a used or older model of a sporty vehicle. Such people often love to brag about how they can do a quarter-mile in 12 seconds or get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds.

The truth is that even some of the highest performing and most expensive cars on the planet don’t even match the performance of modern sports motorcycles, available on the market for about $11,000.

High-performance sports bikes can beat sports car is quarter-mile times by 2 to 3 seconds. They can also get from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds. Cars also can’t match the acceleration of motorcycles between the speeds of 50 miles per hour and 90 miles per hour, which is what is really important when passing other cars and motorcycles on a highway. Performance, however, can be measured in a number of ways.

Here are some numbers. Lamborghini Reventon was the most expensive Lamborghini from 2007 to 2010, when Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was introduced to the public. There have been 21 Reventons produced. The manufacturer’s suggested price for the car was close to $1.5 million dollars. The car could do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds and its top speed was 211 miles per hour.

At the same time, 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa, a mass-produced high-performance motorcycle, cost only $11,999, could do 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and its top speed was limited by the manufacturer at 186 miles per hour.

These stats make sense because the power-to-weight of a motorcycle is much higher compared to any car, including ultra-expensive sports cars. Motorcycles don’t weigh a lot and at the same time their engines can easily pump out 150 horsepower or more. A car may have three times more horsepower, but it weighs 5 or 6 time more.