But 16 years after its launch, the Hayabusa has been eclipsed by Kawasaki's new supercharged motorcycle: the Ninja H2R. It's not even street legal, but it has over 300 horsepower available at a twist of the wrist. And so, it quickly became one of the most fierce motorcycles on the market and a fan favorite on a global scale. Kawasaki only built a limited number of H2R bikes, so it's not that often that we get to see one in action.
And today we're about to get another sample of how fast the H2R is. Because it's going up against a highly-tuned Lamborghini Huracan. And that's because a standard Huracan wouldn't stand a chance against Kawasaki's crotch rocket. Now fitted with twin-turbos, this Italian supercar is rated for 1,100-horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. It weighs 3,196 lbs (1,450 kg) but it does have AWD and a set of tires that can provide loads of grip.
For the second run, the Ninja H2R is given the chance to launch just slightly before its opponent. Even with 1,100 horsepower at hand, the Lambo gets gapped, and the score is now tied. Back to the format from the first run, the Kawasaki once again wheelies its way into losing. The Lamborghini needed 9.4 seconds to cross the quarter-mile (402 meters) finish line, while the H2R was 0.5 seconds slower. An extended swingarm could have worked wonders for the motorcycle if you think of it.
But what happens if you take away the Lambo's AWD advantage? Starting in 1st gear, from about 30 mph (48 kph) is certainly going to even the odds. They're neck and neck for the first part, as the Kawasaki rider is struggling to keep the front wheel down. But as they get up to about 140 mph (220 kph), the H2R takes the lead and crosses the finish line in 1st place. For the next attempt, the starting point is set at 65 mph (104 kph), in third gear.
This is where the H2R reveals its full potential. It once again crosses the half-mile (804 meters) finish line in the lead, with speeds exceeding 180 mph (289 kph). Considering the gap, the Lamborghini would have probably needed an extra 400 or so horsepower to keep up. At this point, the score is 3-2 for the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. But they're about to get tied up once again, with the braking test being saved for last.