Honda leaves supercars in the rearview mirror with a brand new model that can reach 782 km/h.
However, this is not the NSX successor as the company unveiled the HondaJet Elite II at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Billed as the “fastest, longest-range and highest-altitude capability in its class,” the HondaJet Elite II features a composite fuselage and distinctive over-wing engine configuration.
It is powered by a pair of General Electric Honda HF120 engines that each produce 2,050 pounds of thrust.
The Elite II can take off from runways as short as 3,699 feet (1,128 meters) and travel up to 1,547 nautical miles (2,865 km) with four passengers.
Honda added that the model has the largest cabin in its class and is “the most fuel-efficient jet.”
The standard configuration accommodates one crew member and six passengers, but a seven-passenger variant is also available.
Honda didn’t say much more about the interior, but it has “enhanced soundproofing throughout the cabin,” as well as Bongio’s Air Audio system. The model also has 62 cubic feet (1,756 liters) of storage space.
Buyers can choose between Onik or Steel interiors and each has an “executive club arrangement” with two-tone leather seats that recline and swivel to optimize comfort.
The model also has a fully enclosed toilet, which is described as “bright and airy” as well as private and inviting.
The aircraft is equipped with the Garmin G3000 avionics package and has automated anti-icing, lighting and pressurization systems, as well as low speed protection.
More interestingly, the plane will eventually be offered with an Emergency Autoland feature, which can “autonomously control and land the plane without human intervention.” The system was probably designed to save passengers in the event of pilot incapacitation.
Pricing “remains up in the air,” but Honda said the Elite II has received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration and is expected to receive certification from the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency soon.
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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