Can a KTM MotoGP bike beat a Porsche 918 in a drag race?

Can a Dani Pedrosa-helmed 270hp KTM RC16 really hope to out-drag an electric-petrol hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder with 885hp on tap?

Porsche 918 Spyder, KTM RC16

Who doesn’t love a good drag race?

The premise is simple; lights go green, throttles are twisted, pedals are plunged and then the horses start galloping. There are different connotations, but as far as we know Ru Paul wasn’t involved in this latest showdown… but don’t quote us on that.

Point is, at a time of eco-conscious frugality, sometimes you just want to let it all hang out for a few seconds.

With this in mind, the old motorcycle versus car set-up is a well worn trope but now and again you get a particularly mouth-watering duo going up against each other.

So, courtesy of carwow, we have the Porsche 918 Spyder - a car so super they named it a hypercar - boasting a 4.7-litre 600bhp V8 engine plus two electric motors that up the power figures to an eye-watering 885bhp. In short, it’s swift.

Over in the orange corner is the KTM RC16 MotoGP that competed in the Austrian firm’s maiden season of MotoGP in 2017. It comes with a 1000cc V4 engine capable of 270hp, revs to 18,500rpm and has the stickiest Michelin tyres

So it’s a fair chunk lighter at 157kg and benefits from the lightning quick reflexes of legend Dani Pedrosa keeping the changes smooth under acceleration, but can a MotoGP bike with more than 600hp less than the Porsche with electric-propelled instant torque really out-run it in a good old fashioned drag race.

Well, as they say, there’s only one way to find out…