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News of a very different nature, yes, but undoubtedly something Honda aficionados looking for bragging rights can sink their teeth into – this one is much faster than an NSX, and it can even take to the skies; best of all, you can look at that Toyota owner and say quite politely that the TAA isn’t remotely in the same league.

Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet advanced light business jet has succesfully completed its maiden flight, which lasted 51 minutes, a milestone for the company as it moves towards getting the plane ready for its market debut in late 2012.

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Well over 100 orders have been taken for the US$4.5 mil jet, which features a unique over-the-wing engine-mount configuration that dramatically improves aircraft performance and fuel efficiency by significantly reducing aerodynamic drag in flight. The HondaJet is powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and performance specs include a top speed of 420 knots (778 kph) and a maximum altitude of 43,000 ft in flight testing.

The production HondaJet flight deck will feature a Honda-customised Garmin G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system incorporating a class-leading layout with three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers, as well as a HondaJet Avionics Suite that provides state-of-the-art integrated avionics functionality featuring split screen MFD capability, satellite weather, graphical synoptics, digital audio and optional Synthetic Vision.

Definitely a neater trick than any car, except of course it’ll cost you very much more to get, and run.