Two of the most wanted superbikes head to head on their natural environment, a racetrack with ideal temperatures to ride, that sounds like a lot of fun. First, let’s start with the presentations, we’ve managed to get together on track the Ducati Panigale V4R and the new BMW S1000RR for a day of riding that had only one goal, to find out which one is the best.
You might say the comparison might be a bit unbalanced because the Panigale V4R comes with an astonishing power output of 234 hp while the S1000RR delivers only 207, but we knew from the start the fight is not all about horsepower. The package itself is the most important when it comes to racing, and by "package" I mean the balance between handling, comfort, feedback, electronics, suspension and power.
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For starters, the Ducati is complemented with all the technologies that were borrowed from the MotoGP machines while the BMW features only a set of carbon fibre wheels. Why all the fuss? It’s simple, the counter-rotating engine on the Panigale allows you to change direction in a blink of an eye. On the other hand, the carbon fibre wheels are meant to reduce the inertia and help the rider turn the bike more easily. Features like this and a good electronic setup made us realise the fight for horsepower is not as important as we think.
The only aspect that made us scratch the back of our heads is the incredible price tag of the Ducati Panigale V4R (45.000€) compared to the BMW S1000RR that keeps up the pace pretty well on track.