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Most car brands diversify their lineups beyond single models or types, like BMW and its many SUVs, cars, and electric options. Moreover, a couple of major manufacturers choose to produce performance vehicles with four or two wheels. That’s right; Honda and BMW make tire-shredding performance cars and muscle-bound motorcycles, like the BMW M2, S 1000 RR, Honda Civic Type R, and Honda CBR 1000RR. 

What performance vehicles does BMW produce?

BMW has a library of M cars and M Sport vehicles with speed and panache to spare. For instance, the Bavarian marque makes M versions of the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8 Series platforms. However, none of the M cars thrill and challenge drivers as much as the BMW M2

The M2 is a short-wheelbase, razor-sharp performance coupe in its second generation of production. Better yet, the 2023 BMW M2 produces 453 horsepower from its turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine, 48 more than the 2021 Competition model. Moreover, the M2 complements its track-tuned suspension with a standard six-speed manual transmission. As a result, the rear-wheel drive-only M2 is one of the finest driver’s cars on the market. 

However, the M cars aren’t the only performance-oriented machines that the marque makes; BMW has a long history of producing motorcycles with corner-carving credentials. For instance, the BMW S 1000 RR is one of the most track-ready liter bikes in the world. 

Is the BMW S 1000 RR fast?

The BMW S 1000 RR has a top speed of 189 mph courtesy of a stratospheric 205 horsepower at 11,000 RPM, Motorcycle News reports. The S 1000 RR’s 999cc inline-four cylinder motor is more than enough to coax the BMW motorcycle to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. 

A BMW S 1000 RR motorcycle and M4 park at the beach.
A BMW S 1000 RR and an M8 | BMW

While the BMW M2 is a properly quick driver’s car, it can’t keep up with the S 1000 RR in top speed or acceleration. Moreover, the model’s aggressive aerodynamic profile and fat, sticky tires won’t give up grip in the corners. In addition to track-ready motorcycles, BMW makes standard bikes like the R nineT and touring bikes like the R 1250 GS. 

Is the Honda Civic Type R fast?

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R is an improvement over the previous model inside and out. Moreover, the Japanese car brand’s premier hot hatchback is the most powerful Type R ever, producing 315 horsepower. As a result, the new Type R will hit 60 mph in around 4.9 seconds.  

However, like BMW, Honda doesn’t stop at four-wheeled vehicles. The car brand produces motorcycles, too. 

The car brand's fastest hatchback, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R takes a corner.
2023 Civic Type R | Honda

What is the real top speed of CBR 1000RR?

The Honda CBR 1000RR is one of the fastest street-legal motorcycles the famed car brand has ever produced. Specifically, the CBR model’s 998cc inline four-cylinder engine will motivate it to a top speed of around 186 mph. 

Moreover, with a 0 to 60 mph time of about 3.1 seconds, it’s much quicker than a Civic Type R. Of course, like BMW, Honda doesn’t produce just one motorcycle model. The brand makes cruisers, touring bikes, standard bikes, and miniature motorcycles like the venerable GROM.  

The Honda car brand's most powerful road bike, the CBR 1000RR shows off its racing livery.
CBR 1000RR | Honda

How many car brands have built motorcycles?

In addition to BMW and Honda, car brands like Suzuki and Triumph have a history of building motorcycles. Today, Suzuki doesn’t sell cars in the United States, and Triumph has migrated into motorcycle-only production. However, both brands sell motorcycles in the United States.


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