|STANDARD DATA: (Model 172S) Seats 4. Gross wt. 2,550. Empty wt. 1,626. Fuel capacity 56 gallons. Engine 180-hp Textron Lycoming IO-360-L2A.
PERFORMANCE: Max Cruise 126 kts. Cruise 124 kts. Stall 48-53 kts. Rate of climb, sea level 730 fpm. Service ceiling 14,000. Takeoff distance (50') 1,630. Landing distance (50') 1,335.
This popular version of Skyhawk comes with same engine as the classic 172, but is rated for an additional 300 rpm and develops a corresponding 20 more hp. Consequently the SP produces a touch better rate-of climb, a shade higher cruise speed, and 500' more service ceiling. That edge in performance has made the Skyhawk SP a big seller over its more conventional Skyhawk.