Rear-drive performance cars using mid-mounted, large-displacement naturally aspirated combustion engines without any electrification seem to be disappearing. Between electric vehicles and forced induction, automakers are finding other ways to make high-powered machines. However, this video shows that the Audi R8 V10 Performance Spyder, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 GT3 still deliver plenty of straight-line speed. Plus, a Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 is ready to challenge them.
This video has incredible production value. There are a lot of special effects and on-screen data. Additionally, the action stops for an explanation of what is happening.
In terms of numbers, the Corvette Z06 is the top dog in this race. Its naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 with a flat crankshaft develops 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet (624 Newton-meters) of torque.
The R8 V10 is in the middle of the pack. It’s not the new limited-run GT RWD, but it still has 562 hp (419 kW) and 406 lb-ft (551 Nm) from the 5.2-liter mill.
The 911 GT3 with a 4.0-liter flat-six is the least powerful car in this group, but don’t count it out of the race. The mill produces 502 hp (374 kW) and 346 lb-ft (469 Nm). Due to the extra downforce, the more expensive and more aggressive GT3 RS would not be faster in this drag race. Changes only make a difference when corners enter the equation.
As a motorcycle, the Panigale V4 SP2 is the underdog of this group. Professional racer Josh Herrin is in the saddle. This machine has a 1.1-liter four-cylinder developing 210 hp (157 kW) at 12,500 rpm and 90.6 lb-ft (122.8 Nm) of torque at 11,000 rpm. Their deliveries began in North America in Q4 2022 for a base price of $39,500.
Ducati offers the bike with an optional all-titanium Akrapovic. He loses 11 pounds of weight. Additionally, power output increases to 228 hp (170 kW) and 96.6 lb-ft (131 Nm).
The video begins with the three drag racing cars. Then, the motorcycle competes against the winner among the four-wheeled machines to see which of them is the fastest.