Watch a 300+ horsepower Kawasaki Ninja H2R race a Bugatti Veyron
My knowledge of motorbikes is about on par with my knowledge of Siberian Ballet. But what I do know is that if you have a bike with around 150 horsepower, you’re pretty much capable of defeating the majority of supercar exotica in a drag race. Imagine then what a bike could do with more than twice that amount of power.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is such a monster. While its 4 cylinder engine may only consist of 998cc, thanks to a 14,000rpm red line and a supercharger with RAM air capabilities, it produces a scarcely believable 322bhp. With a whippet of a 10 stone rider on board, it weighs in at just 615lbs (279kg) - which translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 1154bhp-per-tonne. And just like that, supercar owners everywhere suddenly feel just that little bit less well endowed.
In the video below, we see the H2R square up to a small selection of performance cars. The first contender is a McLaren 12C, which it pulls away from so quickly, it confuses your brain into thinking the McLaren is travelling backwards. But then, immediately after, it picks a fight with a Bugatti Veyron. And that’s where things get very interesting indeed.
While it may be 13 years old now, the Veyron is still a car capable of crushing every ounce of air out of a person’s lungs with the force of its acceleration. It’s a destroyer of reputations that has stood the test of time with its legendary omnipotence. But little did the people at Bugatti realise that one day it would face-off against a £41,000 hyper-bike that would perform a vanishing act before the disbelieving eyes of the car’s inhabitants.
As you’ll have seen in the video, after the Veyron loses, a 1350bhp Nissan GTR is employed to uphold the car’s reputation. By a fairly slim margin, the GTR just about manages to pip the Ninja to the finishing line. I think I can say this on behalf of all my fellow car lovers: thank fuck for that!
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