- The HondaJet Elite made its world debut in May of 2018.
- It's an updated version of the original Honda HA-420 HondaJet private jet that entered production in 2015.
- The HondaJet Elite boasts increased range, a quieter cabin, an available galley, and a host of other tweaks.
- The Elite starts at $5.25 million, roughly $350,000 more than the original HondaJet.
In 2015, the Honda HA-420 HondaJet entered production. It was the Japanese industrial giant's first foray into the world of aviation as a manufacturer. The HondaJet was the culmination of three decades of research and development led by Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino.
Honda is a company known the world over for its engineering prowess. Pretty much everything the company produces is world class from hybrid supercars to lawn movers. Still, many were unsure if Honda was up to the task of building a jet from scratch.
In the fall of 2017, Business Insider had the chance to experience the HondaJet first hand on a test flight over the Northeastern United States. It was magnificent. The HondaJet proved to be quick, comfortable, and chock full of innovative design features.
In 2018, Honda introduced an updated version of the plane called the HondaJet Elite. The name matches with the designation given to the company's luxury spec automobiles.
The Elite was initially sold alongside the original HondaJet but has now taken over as the only version of the plane in production.
This month, we made our way to down to Greensboro, North Carolina, home of the Honda Aircraft Company, for a test flight on board the HondaJet Elite.
The HondaJet Elite starts at $5.25 million, $350,000 more than the original HondaJet.
Here's a look at our flight on the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Elite:
Recently, we made our down to Greensboro, North Carolina to visit the headquarters of the Honda Aircraft Company.
Waiting for us on the apron was a new HondaJet Elite.
We had a chance to checkout to the original HondaJet back in 2017 and it won us over with its charm, performance, and innovative features.
Let's see how Honda has updated its latest private jet.
HondaJet's overall dimensions remain unchanged at 43 feet long and 15 feet tall with a 40-foot wingspan.
The HondaJet's signature nose design also remains.
According to Fujino, the nose of the plane was inspired by a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo high heels he encountered at a duty-free shop while on vacation in Hawaii.
The HondaJet HF120 turbofan engines are also back for another tour of duty.
Output from the General Electric/Honda engines is unchanged at a stout of 2050 pounds of thrust. However, HondaJet retuned the acoustic qualities of the engine to make it quieter.
Before you ask, it doesn't have VTEC.
VTEC, Honda's world-famous Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control system, is found in many of its car engines. The system, which allows the engine to be fuel-efficient at low RPMs while delivering an extra jolt of power at high RPMs, has become a pop-culture icon among car enthusiasts.