Last week, Cirrus Aircraft revealed the many upgrades they've made to their 2014 Generation 5 SR-Series airframes. Having only been launched earlier this year, the new model apparently personifies their dedication to industry-leading innovation, and with a host of new features — like LED lights and better brakes — the new version is a huge improvement.
"The most immediately recognizable new feature for 2014 is that we have brought luxury automobile LED lighting technology to the airplane, a first in our segment," says Todd Summons, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Customer Support. The new lights not only look really cool, they also promise to enhance performance with a higher level of clarity and brightness. Called Cirrus Integrated LED Technology, the multi-function system reduces drag by being integrated into the wing and provides many different uses, from navigational purposes to assist in landing.
Inspired by luxury sports cars, the aircraft has a flashy Carbon Appearance package that comes in a wide array of colors. Interior details include jet black vents, carbon fiber instrument panel lobes and two-tone leather bolster seats. If you want something a little more elegant, try the Platinum package upgrade. With earthy exterior colors, the aircraft features nickel vents and solid color leather seats.
In terms of safety, the new plane has a Beringer brake system that reduces the weight while still giving the same stopping power. The power is achieved through a smaller rotor, which performs at a cooler operation temperature than other rotors. The tubeless tires also help by reducing the risk of leaks and failures.
The 2014 Generation 5 is available for pre-order with prices ranging from $350K to $590K for the first quarter of 2014.