SR20 Version 2.0

Except for the very short blurb in Avweb newswire, I haven’t read anything about the new version of the SR20.

Anyone have any additional information? Will this make the SR20 vs. SR22 decision easier or harder?


All we’ve heard is what was in the March 2002 Customer Update from Ian Bentley at Cirrus. See the excerpt below. For more details on the SR20 v2.0, you should contact the Cirrus sales manager for your region (see the end of the message).

And yes, the new features make it harder to decide which airplane to buy! But you’ll have fun choosing nonetheless.



SR20 “Version 2.0”

I have received comments and heard suggestions that Cirrus is not interested in future development of the SR20. “CanÂ’t build at a profit” and “DoesnÂ’t make as much money as the SR22” are the normal themes. The fact is that we expect to build the SR20 for a long time and expect it sell in very large quantities over the next few years. Further, we will be doing some significant development work on the SR20 during this year for the 2003 model year.

We recently announced a price change in the SR20 to $207,800. This price will be for the “SR20 Version 2.0” (with apologies to our friends in the software business). This all-electric airplane (without any vacuum instruments) is expected to perform somewhat better than the current SR20. It will also include the Avidyne EX3000C multi-function display as standard equipment.The SR20 Version 2.0 will be available for the 2003 model year and, for all new SR20 orders, will replace the current “A”, “B”, “C” configurations. We will, of course, continue to build the current model of SR20 for current order holders who choose that option.

We have engaged an engineering company specializing in performance improvement and have challenged them to add a few knots to the SR20 Version 2.0. The current SR20, which has “75% power, 8000ft., standard day” cruise of 160 knots does show significant speed drop-off as temperatures rise, rain starts or in turbulence. As many of you know the SR22 can cruise consistently over its advertised 180 knot cruise speed. The idea with this development on the SR20 is not so much to advertise a higher speed, but that the SR20 Version 2.0 will more consistently cruise at itÂ’s currently advertised speeds.

The standard SR20 Version 2.0 has an avionics package similar to the current SR20 with one GNS430 gps/nav/comm, one GNC250XL gps/comm, audio panel, transponder and S-TEC System 20 autopilot. It will have a standard electrically powered Directional Gyro for heading information. Unfortunately, this cannot to be connected to the autopilot – there is no such electric DG instrument available. The electrical system is a single alternator (dual is optional), dual battery system retaining the SR22’s fault tolerant characteristics.

The SR20 Version 2.1 upgrades to the complete dual alternator/dual battery electrical system and is equipped with an electric HSI, GNS 430/420 combination and S-TEC 30 autopilot. This is similar to the standard SR22. SR20 Version 2.1 will cost an additional $18,810.

Finally the SR20 Version 2.2 has the GNS 430/430 combination with S-TEC 55X autopilot (with altitude pre-select) and Sandel EHSI. This is like the higher end SR22. Upgrade to the Version 2.2 over the standard will be $36,910.

Those with SR20 orders in the current line (A, B, C packages, etc.) who are anticipating delivery in this timeframe will be able to step up into the SR20 Version 2.0 line as an option for an additional cost of $2,500.


Cirrus Regional Sales Managers:

Tom Bergeron (South Central)
(214) 871 3119 or

Gary Black (North West, Canada )
(218) 724 0577 or

Walt Conley (California, NV, OR)
(831) 206 9385 or

Bruce Gunter (East Central and SE)
(919) 620 7720 or

Keith Fitzgerald (North East)
(603) 279 7737 or

Peter Halasz (North Central)
(815) 477 0432 or

SR20 version 2.0 will start appearing next summer (2003) and will make the SR20 more like the SR22 in that it is all electric, run a bit faster, and have a bit more useful load.
Thhis should make the decision of SR 20 versus SR22 EASIER in that it will boil down to strictly whether you need the extra weight and power and nothing else, to decide which plane to get.