News Ducati 1198S Vs Ferrari 458 | Video

Ducati 1198S Vs Ferrari 458 | Video

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Recently, MotorTrend put two of the fastest production machines head-to-head: a 2010 Ducati 1198S and a Ferrari 458 Italia.

If the Italian super-machines went at it in this YouTube video, battling on the quarter-mile road-race circuit at Auto Club Raceway in Fontana, Calif.

The performance of a $287,000 Ferrari vs. that of a $22,000 (new) is quite similar, although the actual machines have nothing in common except their hometown. Just consider weight…the Ferrari 458 is just over 3,400 pounds, whereas the 1198 S is about 440 pounds.

The Ferrari has a 4499cc-V-8 pushing 557 horsepower at 9000 rpm, the Ducati 1198S an 1198cc-V-Twin pushing 170 horsepower at 9750 rpm.

One thing’s for sure, though; both of the Ferrari and the Ducati were built as full-race machines designed for the street. As for the winner, check this video out to see who came out on top.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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