This Honda is faster than a Veyron

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 11:31 06/11/2012
Honda's latest creation, a jet capable of cruising at 780 km/h.

FLY BY: Honda's latest creation, a jet capable of cruising at 780 km/h.

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Honda has started producing a machine almost twice as fast as the Bugatti Veyron.

The new release seats six and is expected to cost about $4 million, but you can't take the controls without a pilot's licence.

The Japanese manufacturer claims the HondaJet "is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class".

Prospective pilots cruise in the jet at almost 780km/h at 30,000 feet. It can cruise at 43,000 feet but the furthest it can travel is less than 2200 kilometres.

International travel might be best left to commercial carriers, as the HondaJet could not fly from Sydney to Singapore without stopping at least twice for refuelling.

Honda is the first car manufacturer to have entered the private jet business, but many others have a history of flight.

A statement released by the company said aircraft production had been a long-term goal.

"The HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value," it said.

"The challenging spirit upon which Mr Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motors is still alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfils one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward."

Honda says its jet is unlike others because its engines are mounted over the wings.

It is not yet certified for public use.

-Fairfax News Australia

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