Packing up and setting off on a cross-country road trip can mean having to leave luxury living behind. After all, it's hard to slot a marble bench and opulent bathtub into the tiny capsules many camper enthusiasts inhabit every summer. According to Morelo, the best way to meld luxury with portability is with the Empire Liner, a seriously expensive motorhome with all the trappings of a posh apartment inside.
Power for the Empire Liner comes from a 7.7-liter inline-six making 220 kW (299 hp), and a massive 1,200 Nm (885 lb.ft) of torque. Morelo says, thanks to the engine's prodigious torque, its motorhome can haul up to 3.5 tonnes (3.85 tons) along with its own considerable heft.
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The vehicle comes in a variety of model options, ranging from 8.99 m (29.5 ft) to 11.29 m (37 ft) in length, and all are dressed up to the absolute nines inside. There's a full-length panoramic sunroof for stargazers, and the bathroom and kitchen are fitted out to with full-sized, quality appliances rather than small portable ones. There's even under-floor heating, so those weekend jaunts to the slopes can stay comfortably toasty.
Not only is the interior sumptuous, plenty of time has been spent on getting the exterior right. Rather than looking like a regular, suburban bus dressed up for long haul living, the windows and windscreen have been designed to create a sleek profile. There's no hiding its size, but it definitely looks slicker than the Knaus Sun I, even if it's not quite on the same level as the yacht-inspired Caravisio.
Nomads who want to roam freely when they arrive at their destination can spec an optional garage under the floor, with room for a scooter or a Smart car, and the interior fittings can be tweaked to include such things as an expensive rain shower.
Pricing for the Empire Liner kicks off at £350,000 (about US$433,000), but the company says there is no limit to the specification options available.View gallery - 9 images