At $5.25 million, Honda’s new HondaJet Elite is one of the most capable very light jets in the world. Boasting style, luxury and seamless technology, the automobile giants launched this latest jet in 2018 as an updated version of the 2015 Honda HA-420. Considering three decades of research and development went into building the original jet, with Company CEO of Honda Aircraft Michimasa Fujino at the helm, an upgrade should be deemed to be pretty impressive.

And impressive it is. Costing $350,000 more than its predecessor, the HondaJet Elite sells itself on being roomier and quieter, having an available galley and having an increased flight range. The jet’s extra fuel tank means it can travel up to 1,650 miles (as opposed to 1,400 miles previously) and the wing-mounted engines contribute to the cabin’s more peaceful and comfortable experience.

So, what other special features does the HondaJet Elite have?

The exterior

Constructed using carbon fibre epoxy, the airframe is stronger and lighter than traditional aluminium models. The engines are custom-made Honda engines, produced specifically for this jet and providing 2,050 pounds of thrust. There’s a single fuelling point to the rear of the jet and there’s plenty of storage space built into both the trunk and the nose of the aircraft.

There’s a story behind the unique nose design, too, with the inspiration coming from a pair of Ferragamo high heels that Fujino saw at a duty-free shop while on holiday in Hawaii. Fujino spoke to Business Insider about the link between the jet’s nose, the designer shoe brand and first impressions.

“I’m always looking for something which is very beautiful and especially the fuselage nose shape, which is very critical to give an impression, like the front grille of an automobile,” he said. “During that time, I was looking for many things, I noticed a pair of Ferragamo high heels. That shape was very beautiful to me.” And so began the design of the nose.

HondaJet Elite
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The cockpit

In terms of the jet’s operation, it’s ideal for owner-operators or those flying personal private jets, as it’s been designed for single-pilot operation. It features an ultra-modern suite with an updated version of the Garmin 3000 avionics found in the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, including HD displays, touchscreen controls and a push-button engine start.

The cabin

The HondaJet Elite’s main cabin can seat up to four passengers in a club set-up, with comfortable, fully-moveable seats. There’s an enclosed, private lavatory with a wash basin and twin skylights. When the lid is closed on the toilet, it can even double as an extra cabin seat, complete with a seatbelt too.

Passengers can enjoy state-of-the-art luxury and entertainment onboard, with things such as the sound system and climate control being operated by either a smartphone or the jet’s built-in touchpad. The sound system itself doesn’t come with your usual stereo speakers; instead, there are dozens of vibrating transducers built into the cabin’s leather-lined walls, leading to a fully encompassing sound experience. To learn more about which jet would suit your travel needs best, click here.

The HondaJet Elite was originally being sold alongside the original aircraft but is now the only Honda jet in production.