Aircraft Review

June 2017 Issue

Cirrus SR20 Re-engined: Simpler, Lighter

The entry-level SR20 G6 loses its six-cylinder Continental in favor of a four-cylinder Lycoming. The result is better climb performance and a needed boost in useful load.

For the 2017 model year, Cirrus released the G6 SR20, which gets both an avionics upgrade and a new IO-390 Lycoming engine. Cirrus said its decision to re-engine the entry-level SR20 is significant for a couple of reasons. For one, it plans to aggressively market the aircraft to fleet operators who’ve expressed a strong preference for a four-cylinder Lycoming over a six-cylinder Continental. Moreover, the IO-390 substantially reduces weight, while also stretching the TBO for high-use operations.

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