Japan unveils sleeker, smarter version of bullet train

Japan unveils its latest N700S model bullet train. The test trains of this sleeker, smarter version are already operational, but the actual ones will be out before the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Japan is boasting its transportation genius once again with the new high-speed Shinkansen N700S, or Shinkansen Supreme, bullet train model. Central Japan Railway Co.’s  latest innovation is smarter, sleeker and quieter and will debut on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line in 2020 and it will travel between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. However, test cars will start operating from March 2018.

“The N700S series has been redesigned through renovation of main facilities and equipment,” said Masayuki Ueno, deputy director-general of JR Tokai’s Shinkansen Operations Division.

In addition to its new, golden Supreme logo, the N700S series boasts several technological advancements. In comparison to the boxier N700A series, which entered service in 2013, the new Supreme series will have a curvier head. The sharper nose design called “dual Supreme wind,” will reduce noise when entering tunnels and lessen air resistance.

This 16-car revolution is a whopping 11 tons lighter than the older version, thus, will consume less energy.  Its latest technology will shorten the braking system’s reaction time. The underfloor equipment has been streamlined, allowing more flexibility, for example, the 16-car variant can be shortened to eight- to 12-car variations. This customisation will make the train more attractive to foreign buyers.

In terms of speed, however, the new N700S model will not be any faster. It will have a maximum speed of 300km/h, the same as other N700 series trains.