Continental Unveils Lightweight Version of O200

With its sights set squarely on the light sport and kit aircraft markets, Teledyne Continental Motors has announced a new, lightweight version of its legacy O200 four-cylinder piston engine. Weighing in at 199 pounds (including starter, ignition and fuel systems), the new O200 Lightweight Engine line also features a balanced crankshaft, sprocket propeller flange and weight-matched connecting rods. Previous versions of the O200 weighed 225 to 240 pounds, depending on their accessory package, according to the company. Priced at just under $21,500, the O200 will compete directly with Rotax in the 100-hp range among kit and light sport aircraft. The new O200 will begin deliveries next month, and Continental will accept any aviation engine core in the 85 to 115 hp range as a trade-in core, regardless of manufacturer-provided the engine is operable and complete.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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