Are you ready for the fastest ride of your life? We love writing about the world’s fastest cars, but luxury jets are just as fun. Back in May I was shocked to read Gulfstream’s predictions. They mentioned the upcoming G700 might be capable of cruising at Mach 0.85, or 85 % of the sound barrier. In their latest press release, we are again taken aback. It has been over 100 flights since then, and the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700s have delivered more power than anyone anticipated.
Pushing the throttles to full power, the test equipment used to certify the plane measured Mach 0.99 at 54,000 feet. The only other jet that could do this was the Concorde, on its way to Mach 2. Not only is it fast, but it can also cruise at Mach 0.85 for 8,630 miles. The climate control does not recirculate stale air, it pressurizes fresh air to Sea Level to keep your ears and tastebuds happy. The fact that it is so stable at the sound barrier means it could probably go faster, but the FAA has some ancient and ignorant laws about supersonic flight. The only other aircraft that can do this without afterburners is the F-22 Raptor, and it would offer incredible fuel savings for wealthy travelers. Click the button below to get on the waiting list, and stay with us for all your Gulfstream news.