Originally Posted by j-red
I built a 601xl for less than 25k. I just donít think that could be done with the 12
My '91 model HDS with a factory-new 4-cyl Jab, Dynon Skyview and BRS 'chute came in under $40k for all the major components. It's not a Ferrari, but it gets me there at 100 mph and 4 gph. Before the 'chute and comforts it weighed in at 515 lbs empty (today closer to 570), with a 1200 lbs gross for +-6g. Extra baggage in wings, welded aluminum wing tanks (no proseal!), wide cabin: those were some clever design tradeoffs!
For some perplexing reason, too many customers were clamoring to sacrifice half of its payload*range utility to go 20 mph faster, in a more complex airplane with a wing that stalls much more dangerously--hence the "601XL" fiasco.
If I were to start again within the same financial constraints, neither the 650 nor the -12 make much sense after BasicMed. If you can afford the new Rotax and the hangar/taxes/fuel, go for -9A and IO-320 instead. Or stretch a bit and get the stunningly beautiful -14, life is short.