Our squadron of superbikes battled a stiff 20mph headwind down Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground’s two-mile long runway, so top speeds were down slightly across the board. But that didn’t stop our speed tester Bruce Dunn pushing the limits of acceleration and braking.
On outright top speed the Honda’s superior areodynamics saw it come out on top, despite a power deficit.
But the Suzuki stole the show with its smooth and accessible engine by not only beating the reigning 0-60mph and quarter-mile litre bike king, the S1000RR, but also setting a new MCN record for a superbike quarter mile – posting a 9.98s quarter mile from a standing start. It also went sub-3 seconds for a 0-60mph time, as well as posting the quickest zero-toflat out time, by reaching 180mph in 16.2s.
The big power Aprilia and Ducati suffered, simply because their excess of power made them difficult to manage.
In terms of braking, the BMW and Ducati beat the rest by pulling up two metres shorter than the GSX-R.