The trip from the LongYang Station just outside of downtown Shanghai to the Pudong International Airport is 30km (19mi) and takes roughly 40 minutes by car; the maglev travels this distance in roughly 7 minutes. It does its task in virtual silence with none of the shuddering you'd expect after experience our own homegrown Amtrack. The acceleration is gradual, smooth and you never feel like you're traveling at a high rate of speed until the train starts its deceleration or you look out the window. It really is incredible.
It's a great reminder that even the fastest of production super cars can still be schooled by a vehicle designed to basically be an appliance. But, if this appliance doesn't excite you, we're not sure what will.