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Video teaser: Ducati Desmo vs. Ferrari 430

Published: 04 November 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

Car v bike: which is fastest? It’s the age-old debate, argued in pubs, on internet forums, among friends, in magazines and on TV. To prove two wheels are better than four forever, we’re pitching arguably the best road bike in the world against one of the best road cars, in perfect conditions at the Almeria circuit in Spain.  

In the bike corner we have a Ducati Desmosedici RR, and in the car corner a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Here's how they measure up:  

FERRARI 430 SCUDERIA - £171,489.41
This is a good as supercars get. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia is a stripped out, hotted-up, lightweight trackday special, powered by a 4308cc V8 engine and making a claimed 503bhp and 347ftlb. Ferrari says it will do 198mph and 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. It weighs just 1350kg – light for a car, but way heavier than the bike.
Power: 503bhp   Weight: 1350kg   Power to weight ratio: 0.37bhp/kg

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR - £58,008 (£42,621 new + extras)
Like the Ferrari, this special Desmo is packed with Grand Prix tech (it’s almost a GP bike with lights) and makes 203bhp, thanks to its Corse exhaust. It has lightweight 16.5-inch JHP Marchesini wheels so we could run it with pukka Pirelli racing slicks. The Ducati’s power-to-weight ratio makes the Ferrari look like a barge.
Power: 203bhp   Weight: 171kg   Power to weight ratio: 1.19bhp/kg

You can read the full report in next week's MCN, on sale Nov 11, and watch the full video on our website next week. What do you think will win? Check out our short video teaser and have your say in our poll below: 




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