Is a Lamborghini Huracan Twin-Turbo as fast as a KTM MotoGP motorcycle?
It’s no secret that a MotoGP motorcycle is extraordinarily fast, but can a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, fitted with twin turbochargers and producing 1,100 hp, compete with one in a straight line?
To answer that question, CarWow recently brought the duo together for a series of performance tests. At the wheel of the modified Lamborghini was YouTube channel’s Mat Waton while riding the KTM MotoGP bike was former racer Dani Pedrosa, widely regarded as one of the best motorcycle racers to never win a championship MotoGP, finishing second in the title three times and third another three times.
On paper, you might think the two go together pretty well. Clearly, the Lamborghini has a significant power advantage, but it also weighs a lot more, tipping the scales at 1,507 kg (3,322 lb), about ten times the weight of the MotoGP bike. The latter is driven by a naturally aspirated 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing around 270 hp and 88 lb-ft (120 Nm) of torque.
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In the first race between the two, the Lamborghini’s all-wheel drive gave it an off-line advantage but as the speeds built up, the bike quickly overtook the Italian supercar and claimed an easy victory. Race two didn’t go so well for Pedrosa on the bike as he let go of the clutch too quickly and spun the rear tire, forcing him out of the race and giving the Lamborghini an easy win.
For the third and final race, the Huracan again got a great launch but, just like in the first, the MotoGP bike screamed and took another victory.
A rolling race from third gear is then organised. While the Lamborghini is exceptionally quick thanks to its pair of turbochargers, it can’t keep up with the KTM. A race with the Huracan in third gear and the bike in fifth gear is a little closer but again, the two-wheeler wins.