High performance motorcycles and cars are in a whole new world these days. The technology that is available in 2017, would’ve never been dreamed of 10 years ago. The speed that can be achieved with modern technology is staggering.
In 2009, Ferrari launched one of their most successful mid engined cars of all time, the 458. It was powered by a 4.5 liter naturally aspirated v8 developing around 570hp. This car was a leap in technology for the prancing horse brand. The car won countless awards and set a standard for supercars. As time went on, cars became faster than they ever were in the past. The 458 was built from 2009 to 2015. In 2016 the replacement, the 488, was introduced. The 488 develops 660hp and close to 560 lb-ft. All this power is available in such an accessible way. In 2003 Ferrari launched the Enzo, the epitome of a supercar. It developed 650hp, and that kind of power was unimaginable. The middle level Ferrari has 10 more horsepower than the outrageous hypercar of the early 2000s. Honestly mindblowing.
The same trend has happened in the motorcycle world. The 2007 Ducati 1098 was a game changer for Ducati. It had the biggest brakes of any production motorcycle at the time, and had a great amount of horsepower, at 160. Fast forward 10 years and now Ducati has introduced the 215hp fire breathing Panigale Superleggera. It is the most powerful production twin cylinder motorcycle of all time. It also is completely made of carbon fiber and titanium.
Now to go back to my original question, car or motorcycle? It honestly comes down to the person. Supercars are so fast and easy to drive these days that they make the accessibility to power effortless. Motorcycles have always been fast, but now they’re at a ridiculous amount of power and technology. Now addressing the elephant in the room, price. Yes supercars are extremely expensive. If money wasn’t an option, I would suggest buying a modern supercar, with all that power and torque. But my heart lies with the bike. The modern superbikes are crazy to ride, but it takes a special person to ride them, and exploit all of their power.