Motorcyclists and car people always have a talking point on which is better. Motorcycles are quite quick when compared to cars from the same price range. Lately, in India, the affordable performance motorcycles have become very common and quite popular. Here is a video of a crazy road race between a BMW Z4 and an older-generation KTM 390 Duke.
KTM 390 Duke is lightning fast for its segment. The popular bike is powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum of 44 PS and a peak torque of 35 Nm. The new Duke produces a 2 Nm extra torque. The bike can do 0-100 km/h in just 6 seconds and can reach a top speed of around 167 km/h. The BMW Z4 is a grand touring car and is much more powerful.
It is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 306 PS and 400 Nm of peak torque. The KTM 390 Duke only gets about 15% power of the Z4 but it is lightweight, which puts it at an advantage. Also, the Z4 gets the state-of-the-art 7-speed transmission that can propel the car to a limited speed of 249 km/h.
The video shows a dogfight between the two vehicles on a relatively empty highway. There are many instances when the KTM 390 Duke overtakes the roadster. The bike needs much lesser space to go through the traffic and this puts it at an advantage over the cars in traffic situations.
However, on the empty stretches, the BMW Z4 can be seen overtaking the bike even when the speedometer was showing 170 km/h plus on the 390 Duke. It should be noted that the BMW driver was driving cautiously and on open stretches, the KTM 390 Duke will not hold a candle in front of the Z4. This is the Z4 35i variant that can do 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
This is downright DANGEROUS!
This race on public roads is quite dangerous, and both vehicles are exceeding the speed limit of the road by a good amount. Races and high-speed runs should always be held in controlled environments like racing tracks or closed roads.
There are many events in India where participants can test the top speed of their machines or they can participate in the track days to test the limits of their vehicles. Public roads are not safe for pulling such stunts and it should be totally avoided.