A Supercar Designer Penned this Super Luxurious Train
Ferrari and Porsche build some of the most opulent vehicles around: rich in both materials and price. So check out what one supercar designer, responsible for cars at both companies, created for Japan’s JR East luxury train service. This is the all-new Cruise Train, a sleek ten-carriage locomotive penned by Japanese supercar designer Ken Okuyama, which will hit the rails in spring 2017.
Born in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture in 1959, Okuyama has gone on to work as a chief designer for General Motors, a senior designer for Porsche AG, and as design director at Pininfarina – responsible for the legendary Ferrari Enzo. Judging by his previous handiwork, it isn’t hard to understand why the train looks as flashy as it does.
The Cruise Train will hold a maximum of 34 passengers within ten separate cars: five suites, one deluxe suite, two observation cars, a lounge, as well as a dining car. Each car is sorted with furniture and architecture that embrace Japanese styles – from fluid furnishings to décor inspired by trees.
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Each of the suites features a private bathroom complete with shower and toilet, an upper loft for dining, and a lower level that sleeps four. While that’s fine and dandy, we’re betting riders will spend most of their time at the front and rear of the train, taking in the Japanese scenery from within the two glass-walled observation cars.
The Cruise Train will compatibly run on both electric and non-electric rails, and if you can’t wait ‘til 2017 to give it a ride, you can hop on the similarly luxurious JR Kyushu Seven Stars train, which opened in 2013. The price for the two-night trip? A hefty $1,765…best save your money.
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