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I looked at the motorcycle situation and realized I was gonna injure my body at some point. There's a reason the racing saying is "when you crash," not "if you crash.

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Even a car enthusiast like yourself might have wondered, can anyone do it? More to the point: Is it easy enough that good motorcycle racers who have never driven a fast car around a racetrack could get in and match their own motorcycle lap time? And if so, how expensive and fast would the car need to be? These are questions that only a juvenile mind can ask and mature adults can answer.

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Braking is handled by 15.6-inch discs up front, while the rears are 1 inch smaller. And in the interest of saving weight, the cast-iron discs have aluminum hubs. A set of 20-inch wheels comes standard, with Competition models getting 21-inchers.

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But the Benz underperformed in the figure eight, at least compared to rivals. It completed the task in 27.7 seconds at an average 0.63 g. In comparison, the BMW rounded the bends in 26.1 seconds at 0.71 g, while the Lexus performed similarly at 26.3 seconds at 0.69 g.

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Thus refreshed, I changed the drive mode into Dynamic, which made thrilling work of the high-speed sweepers of Highway 46 from Cambria up through Green Valley and the Black Mountain summit—the supercharged V-6 helping us claw our way up the grade.

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