And anyway, with its L-4 drivetrain and 504 horsepower engine,
L4 drive train? Really? According to Bell reps at Heli Expo, Bell ditched the L4 nodal beam transmission mount for a less costly approach. I am hearing persistent rumors that the ride in the 505 is not exactly "smooth" as a result. When I questioned Bell about this, they said if one doesnt like the ride of the base 505, they offer a Frahm damper option which mounts between the front seats and weighs "about 25 pounds."
Bell rep also quoted a delivery date for an order placed now as "2019."
Did I misunderstand what you meant by "L4 drive train"?
My first close up look at the 505 was at Heli Expo this year and, overall, I was quite impressed. Lots of value for the money IMHO. Cant help but wonder how long initial pricing will hold.