Cirrus SR22 Turbo Performance

What is the expected performance from an SR22 Turbo? Performance will vary based on model and ambient temperatures. These performance numbers are from articles published over the past few years.

SR22T Turbo TCM TSIO-550-K

In 2010, Cirrus introduced the SR22T Teledyne Continental Motors TSIO-550K with dual turbochargers and intercoolers. The engine produces 315 horsepower at just 2,500 rpm. The TCM TSIO-550K should climb 1,000 fpm up to 16,000 at 130 knots and consume about 9.87 gallons during the 16 minute climb from sea level (based on full rich climb at 37 gallons per hour). Cruise performance is noted as follows:

KTAS Altitude Power GPH
213 25K 85%  18.30
171 25K 55%  12.70
+200 +20K 80%  17.60
192 16K 80%  17.60
190 15K-16K 80%  17.60
185 11K-12K 80%  17.60
177-180 8K-10K 80%  18.00

SR22TN Turbo TCM IO-550-N

In 2006, Cirrus introduced with Tornado Alley a factory installed STC turbo for the SR22TN. The installation included dual-turbochargers, dual-intercoolers, dual-wastegates on a turbo-normalizing system, on the Teledyne Continental Motor IO-550-N which produces 310 horsepower. Cruise performance is noted as follows:

KTAS Altitude Power GPH
225 25K Max  n/a
218 25K 85%  17.50
215 25K 85%  17.50
211 25K 85%  17.60
211 25K 2500 rpm  17.50
202-200 25K 75%  16.00
191 25K 55%  14.00
173 25K 55%  11.20
203 18K 2500 rpm  17.50
198 12K 2550 rpm  17.50
194 12K 2500 rpm  17.50

SR22 TCM IO-550-N (non-turbo)

The non-turbo, normally aspirated, SR22 TCM IO-550, produces 310 horsepower at 2,700 rpm. Cruise performance is noted as follows:

KTAS Altitude Power GPH
180 17.5K 75%  18.40
180 12K n/a  20.00
166 10K 55%  11.30
174 10K 65%  15.40
180 8K 75%  17.80

The turbocharger boosts maximum cruise speeds to about 214 knots, compared to 180 knots for the normally aspirated SR22.  All three configurations of the Teledyne Continental Motors had recommended Time Between Overhauls (TBO) of 2,000 hours, until 2012 when TCM increased it up to 2,200 hours.

Please share your comments and experience with Cirrus SR22 Turbo aircraft.

References

  1. Thomas B. Haines, SR22 GTS: Fast Company, AOPA, April 2005, p68.
  2. Robert Goyer, Cirrus SR22 Turbo Charged, Flying, February 2007, p54.
  3. Steven W. Ells, Cirrus SR22 Turbo Fly Higher and Faster, AOPA, March 2007, p60.
  4. Thomas B. Haines, SR22 GTS: A New Perspective on Cirrus, AOPA, July 2008, p62.
  5. Thomas B. Haines, Cirrus SR22T: Cirrus Amps its Turbo Line, AOPA, July 2010, p48.
  6. Robert Goyer, 10 Years of the Cirrus SR22, Flying, April 2011, p40.
  7. Robert Goyer, Generation 5 Cirrus SR22, Flying, May 2013, p42.
  8. Thomas B. Haines, Cirrus SR22T: More of a Good Thing, AOPA, May 2013, p44.

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    1. Thanks Alan. Enjoyed flying with you guys. Please stay in touch, let me know how the plane search progresses and your IFR training. My vote is for the Cirrus Aircraft. Blue sky!

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