Diamond is also flying its Lycoming-powered DA42 prototype and expects to have the gas-piston twin certified and ready to deliver by around the time you read this. With a pair of 180 hp IO-360s, the new airplane should be a strong performer, with better takeoff, climb and cruise performance at most altitudes than the Thielert-powered DA42, though it will almost double the very miserly fuel flow of the Thielerts. Lycoming has worked with Diamond to supply counter-rotating engines for the airplane, and Hartzell has developed a new prop for it, as well. Diamond is saying that the airplane "might" be retrofittable to Austro engines when they become available, sometime in 2009. Price of the G1000-equipped, Lycoming-powered airplane, designated the DA42 L360, is $599,500.