Rolls-Royce prides itself on outdoing other manufacturers in one niche area — the negotiation of some of the most historic agreements by some of the world’s most influential people, in confidence in the rear compartment of its cars’ cabins. And now, it’s adding a little more privacy for tomorrow’s power brokers and history makers.
At the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show, Rolls-Royce introduced the “Privacy Suite” for the new extended-wheelbase Phantom — a car with a 90-year history of unparalleled luxury, comfort and room.
The main feature of the Privacy Suite is electrochromatic glass between the cabin and chauffeur, which allows rear passengers to turn the glass from clear to opaque at the touch of a button (no more screens to slide, either manually or electrically). The side and rear windows are provided with privacy curtains, and the rear window is privacy glass.
But visual separation is only one factor to enhance privacy. The Phantom also presents the highest possible level of sound insulation, with a frequency specific compound that inhibits the transmission of conversation, with a fully integrated intercom system to allow communication between front and rear when required. Also controlled from the rear, the intercom allows rear passengers to contact the driver as required, while the driver can call the rear, which may choose to accept or decline the call. The features are controlled through the rear centre console.
A third privacy feature allows the passing of documents or other objects through a lighted passthrough between front and rear. Located between the two rear tiltable display screens, it allows rear occupants to review the objects before choosing to accept them.
Beyond the privacy features, the Privacy Suite also features a bespoke rear theatre entertainment system with two HD 12-inch screens linked to the car’s fully connected software, in addition to an HDMI port for connection to personal devices. Further ambience is provided by the Starlight Headliner, a console bar with room for a decanter and couple tumblers, and a bespoke clock.