Rear-wheel-drive performance cars using mid-mounted naturally aspirated, large displacement combustion engines without any electrification seem to be going away. Between EVs and forced induction, automakers are finding alternative ways to make high-horsepower machines. However, this video shows that the Audi R8 V10 Performance Spyder, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and Porsche 911 GT3 still offer plenty of straight-line speed. Plus, a Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 is ready to challenge them.
This video has incredible production value. There are lots of on-screen special effects and data. Plus, the action stops for an explanation of what's happening.
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In terms of numbers, the Corvette Z06 is the top dog in this race. Its 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft pumps out 670 bhp (500 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet (624 Newton-metres) of torque.
The 911 GT3 with a 4.0-litre flat-six is the least powerful car of this bunch, but don't count it out of the race. The mill makes 502 bhp (374 kW) and 346 lb-ft (469 Nm). Because of the additional downforce, the more expensive and more aggressive GT3 RS wouldn't be quicker in this drag race. The changes only make a difference when corners enter the equation.
As a motorcycle, the Panigale V4 SP2 is the outsider of this bunch. Professional racer Josh Herrin is in the saddle. This machine has a 1.1-litre four-cylinder making 210 bhp (157 kW) at 12,500 rpm and 90.6 lb-ft (122.8 Nm) of torque at 11,000 rpm.
Ducati offers the motorcycle with an optional, full-titanium Akrapovic. It sheds 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of weight. Plus, the power output increases to 228 bhp (170 kW) and 96.6 lb-ft (131 Nm).
The video starts with the three cars drag racing. Then, the motorcycle takes on the winner among the four-wheeled machines to see which one of them is quicker.