AE500: The Engine for the DA52?

Not long ago Diamond released some very interesting news about their next twin, the DA52. The publicity mentioned that it was bigger, but omitted any reference to "faster". The test plane was powered by the AE300 currently on the DA42NG, producing 170 hp per side. What the official information did not make clear was that an engine was already a year into development which promises to make the DA52 a faster machine (to go with the bigger). The engine is called the AE500 and its conception began with an agreement with Steyr Motors, an Austrian company experienced in developing diesel engines for automotive and marine use. A press release from March 2011 states "Austro Engine is developing this engine for two important Diamond Aircraft development projects, the DA50 Magnum (single engine 5 seat private aircraft) and the FSA (Future Small Aircraft) twin engine private and utility aircraft. ". Now we know the FSA is the DA52 and we are very excited. The AE500 is a 6 cylinder diesel with 280 hp so the 200 kts range is well in reach for both the DA50 and the DA52 and engine certification is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 (in Europe at least). An added benefit of the AE500 is that a multi-engine pilot flying a Diamond twin will finally need a high performance endorsement! Yea! We eagerly await more news....