Norton Motorcycles announced it will compete in the 2012 Isle of Man TT with a new racebike. The as-yet-unnamed racebike will use an Aprilia RSV4 engine with a chassis from Spondon Engineering. If that formula sounds familiar, it’s because it sounds like of MotoGP’s new Claiming Rule Team machines. Norton doesn’t mention MotoGP directly in […]
2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE vs. 2010 Nissan GT-R [Video]
Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Aprilia, has posted a YouTube video showing a battle between the company’s flagship sportbike, the RSV4 Factory APRC SE, and a Nissan sportscar, the GT-R.
We’ve seen a number of these bike vs. car videos before, but they always strike me as a little suspect, as you never know if the pilot of either vehicle is really trying their best, or not, to win the race. And since it looks like this duel apparently isn’t conducted by an independent disinterested party, or a car or bike magazine, it makes me say, “Hmmm…?”
But, the 1:44 video is entertaining nevertheless. And while the video edit shows that the Nissan often has the advantage in cornering — as most four wheel vehicles will — the GT-R also often looks bulky and lumbering next to the spritely RSV4. The Aprilia, with its high power-to-weight ratio typical of most motorcycles, seems to cane the car in the straights. And does so to the tune of a healthy victory over what is otherwise a doggone fast car.
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