AS 2018’s bikes start appearing in showrooms there’s a new order when it comes to the ‘most powerful’ contest.
In an effort to skirt any questions over differing forms of measurement or manufacturer’s tendencies to switch between imperial and metric horsepower, we’ve opted to use the figures from each bike’s official Euro4 homologation documents.
That means anything that doesn’t meet Euro4 – and there are still a few out there – won’t be included. The only one still on sale that would be likely to be on the list is MV Agusta’s F4, which came in 4th at 205hp in last year’s power top 10.
So, with no further ado, here are your top 10 power monsters for 2018 (so far…)
10: BMW S1000RR. 146kW (195.8 imperial horsepower, 198.5 metric horsepower)
Last year the BMW was nudged out of the top 10, but the changing order this year means that even though it’s no more powerful than before it creeps in to the list. Let’s face it, with near enough 200hp on tap, the S1000RR has got the performance to rip your face off. The fact that it’s only in 10th place is a reflection of just how spoilt we are for insanely powerful bikes these days. With a new S1000RR expected in 2019, it will probably be in a higher position next year.