Mooney M20 Acclaim Ultra
Plane & Pilot was first to fly the new turbocharged Mooney Acclaim Ultra, and we were impressed. It’s a major upgrade to the relaunched Acclaim S, the world’s fastest piston single. Mooney replaced the forward sheet-metal section of skin with a composite shell that allowed them to add a second door, make the windows larger, make the doors longer for easier hopping in and out for backseat passengers, and lower for better viewing. They lowered the glareshield a few inches for better forward visibility and completed a major cockpit cleanup. The result: An airplane that competes strongly with the SR22 and TTx while giving Mooney fans a lot of what they’ve been asking for. It’s a blazing-fast, high-flying sporty cruiser with FIKI, first-rate avionics and tremendous range (1275 nm with long-range tanks), but with greater comfort, ease of use and visibility than any Mooney before.
Niche: Premium retractable-gear
Base Price: $769,000
Competitors: Cirrus SR22, Cessna TTx, Piper Matrix
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