San Francisco-based aircraft company Cobalt has unveiled the Co50 Valkyrie, the fastest private piston aircraft. The Co50 Valkyrie is the fastest private aircraft in its class with the ability to travel up to 260 knots. In contrast, other single engine piston aircraft usually tap out at 242 knots.

The Valkyrie is a canard aircraft, equipped with a forewing to prevent the plane from stalling in the air. This provides a tremendous peace of mind to pilots and ensures the industry’s safest landings and takeoffs. An onboard parachute is also provided for an additional sense of security.

Inspired by classic fighter jets with clean lines and premium finishes, the Co50 Valkyrie impresses with understated elegance. The exterior comes in a range of custom finishes including dark colors, typically harder on composites. The interior features premium leather seats, hand stitched by former Hermès craftsmen. The dashboard design is equally impressive with only one on/off switch and a tasteful place for an iPad.

While the $699,000 USD Valkyrie isn’t scheduled to deliver until summer 2017, pre-orders are available now via Cobalt’s website here.

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