What Is the Fastest Superbike? – The 15 fastest production bikes you can actually buy
What is the fastest superbike? - A list of the 15 fastest production bikes that you can actually buy
Speed has always been the main objective of a superbike. When talking about what makes a great superbike, having the highest top speed isn’t everything. But, it is something that resonates with the inner lunatic in all of us. In this list we will explore the 15 fastest production superbikes that you could actually go out and buy today (providing you have the bank balance!).
In order of the fastest bike first:
|Superbike Name||Engine (cc)||Engine (Type)||BHP||Top Speed|
|2017 MTT 420 RR||N/A||Turbine||420 bhp||272 mph|
|2000 MTT Y2K||N/A||Turbine||320 bhp||250 mph|
|2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R||998 cc||Supercharged inline four||326 bhp||249 mph|
|2020 Lightning LS-218||N/A||Electric Motor||200 bhp||218 mph|
|2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2||998 cc||Supercharged inline four||207 bhp||209 mph|
|Ducati Superleggera V4||998 cc||V Four||234 bhp||200 mph|
|Damon Hypersport Premier||N/A||Electric||197 bhp||200 mph|
|2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R||998 cc||V Four||221 bhp||199 mph|
|2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory||1077 cc||V Four||217 bhp||199 mph|
|2007 MV Agusta F4 CC||1078 cc||Inline Four||200 bhp||195 mph|
|2020 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-1300R||1340 cc||Inline Four||196 bhp||194 mph|
|2020 BMW S1000RR||999 cc||Inline Four||207 bhp||192 mph|
|2010 BMW S1000RR||999 cc||Inline Four||193 bhp||190 mph|
|2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R||1441 cc||Inline Four||207 bhp||187 mph|
|2021 Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade||999 cc||Inline Four||215 bhp||186 mph|
1: 2017 MTT 420RR: 273 mph
MTT (Marine Turbine Technologies) moved away from a traditional engine for the 420RR and instead opted for a jet engine (you read that right!). This bike is the successor of the famous “Y2K” bike, the new version gives you a mind boggling 420 bhp to play with. The official stat from MTT for the bikes top speed is “faster than you will ever dare to go”.
2: 2000 MTT Y2K Superbike: 250 mph
The aforementioned bike. Back in the early 2000’s MTT made huge waves when they released the turbine powered “Y2K” bike. Capable of a top speed of 250 mph the Y2K bike offered performance that was simple unavailable from a traditional combustion engine. The bike found mainstream fame by being the star role in the movie “Torque”. (SPOILER: The movie is really bad).
3: 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R: 249 mph
321 bhp from a 998cc supercharged engine in the new 2021 variant, the bonkers H2R is refined for strictly track only use. First introduced in 2015, the H2R continues to raise the straight line performance bar. Each H2R is built to order and is an essential in any serious collectors garage.
The H2R is another bike that featured on our worlds most expensive superbikes article.
4: 2020 Lightning LS-218: 218 mph
Given the huge advancements over recent years in electric powered vehicles, its no surprise an electric bike features so high on this list. 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.5 seconds and 100-150 mph in just 2 seconds. The Lightning is a seriously, seriously fast bit of kit.
5: 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2: 209 mph
The road going, tamed down version of the H2R featured earlier on the list. The H2 is heavier than its track only counterpart and is approximately 100 BHP down on power. Despite this, the H2 is still mind boggling fast and will launch you from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
6: Ducati Superleggera V4: 200 mph
152 kg with 224 bhp, the V4 Superleggera (meaning super light) is the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Limited to just 500 bikes, the Superleggera offers performance us mere mortals could only dream of.
This is the third bike on this list to feature on our list of the worlds most expensive superbikes…seeing a pattern here?
8: 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R: 199 mph
Ducati’s fastest production road bike (with the exception of the Superleggera listed above). The V4R was built to win in the World Superbikes, the original V4 had a higher displacement meaning it wasn’t eligible to be raced in production based superbike championships. Although the V4R may have a 0-60 time consistent with its competitors, it’ll pull much harder in the higher gears and rev ranges until your knocking on the door of 200 mph.
11: 2020 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-1300R: 194 mph
The name of the infamous Hayabusa has long been associated with straight line speed. Hayabusa translates to Peregrine Falcon, a bird of prey who’s most common food is the Blackbird…a well played dig at Honda’s Blackbird. This new iteration of the Hayabusa is the fastest yet and will propel you to a top speed of 194 mph.
12: 2020 BMW S1000RR: 192 mph
BMW have been serious players in the superbike scene ever since they released the original S1000RR. The new, second generation version only improves on everything the first one got right. Cranking out 205 bhp from its 999cc, it’ll get you from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and take you all the way to 192 mph.
13: 2010 BMW S1000RR: 190 mph
The aforementioned bike. Despite being one of the oldest bikes on this list, its still a serious bit of kit and will out perform many modern superbikes in terms of top end speed. The 999c inline four powered S1000RR is good for 190 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 3 seconds.
15: 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP: 186 mph
Honda’s latest iteration of its flagship Fireblade is the best version yet. It’s revvy inline four engine will get you north of 100mph in under 5 seconds.
Be sure to check out our review of this amazing bike.
You might notice a distinct lack of the mainstream superbikes on this list, why no GSXR 1000 or ZX10R? Well, that’s because of the “Gentleman’s Agreement”.
What is the Gentleman’s Agreement?
The Gentleman’s agreement was an agreement amongst Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha to not make a 1000cc bike that would pass 300 km/h (186 mph). This was mainly due to the speed war between the Honda Blackbird and the Suzuki Hayabusa in the late 90’s / early 2000’s. Bike were getting quicker and the big manufacturers feared a ban on road going, high powered bikes would damage sales. Even today, many of the mainstream superbikes are electronically limited to 186 mph.
The Italians were the first to break the agreement with MV Agusta’s F4 R 312 – the 312 representing the bikes top speed.