Cut mega deals in the pri­vacy suite of world’s lead­ing car

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Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - De­nis Droppa

Out­side a golf course or a ma­hogany-lined board­room, some of the big­gest busi­ness deals are sealed in the back of a Rolls-Royce.

Or so be­lieves the pur­veyor of the world’s finest lux­ury car, hence the Bri­tish car maker has in­tro­duced a “Pri­vacy Suite” for the new Ex­tended Wheel­base Rolls-Royce Phan­tom to help fa­cil­i­tate such ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Launched at last week’s Chengdu mo­tor show in China (a coun­try where chauf­feur­driven cars are pop­u­lar), it con­sists of an elec­trochro­matic glass panel that sep­a­rates the front and rear cab­ins, so that megabuck deals can be ne­go­ti­ated in com­plete pri­vacy in the back seat, with­out the eaves­drop­ping of a nosy chauf­feur.

At the touch of a but­ton, rearseat pas­sen­gers can ei­ther see through the glass and on to the road ahead, or in­stantly trans­form the glass to opaque.

“As the world’s lead­ing lux­ury brand, Rolls-Royce Mo­tor Cars is best placed to un­der­stand and har­ness the many dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties of lux­ury for its in­flu­en­tial clients,” says a com­pany spokesman.

“Through­out his­tory the power bro­kers and his­tory mak­ers have ne­go­ti­ated some of the most his­tor­i­cal agree­ments in con­fi­dence, thanks to the ‘lux­ury of pri­vacy’ af­forded to them by the rear com­part­ment of a Rolls-Royce. In this spirit, the ‘Pri­vacy Suite’ of the new Ex­tended Wheel­base Phan­tom pro­vides un­ri­valled lev­els of pri­vacy and lux­ury.”

The Pri­vacy Suite de­liv­ers the high­est lev­els of acous­tics in what is prob­a­bly the world’s qui­etest car. A fre­quency-spe­cific com­pound in­hibits the trans­mis­sion of con­ver­sa­tions in the rear cabin to the front, but an in­ter­com sys­tem al­lows com­mu­ni­ca­tion on de­mand.

An aper­ture con­trolled by the rear pas­sen­gers al­lows doc­u­ments or other ob­jects to be passed be­tween the front and rear cab­ins. When open, the aper­ture is il­lu­mi­nated to en­sure pas­sen­gers are sat­is­fied with the na­ture of the doc­u­ments or ob­jects be­fore they re­ceive them. It’s all about at­ten­tion to de­tail.

In­te­grated into the Pri­vacy Suite is a be­spoke rear the­atre en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with two high def­i­ni­tion 12-inch mon­i­tors and an HDMI port to con­nect de­vices. Rear pri­vacy cur­tains and tinted pri­vacy glass al­low pas­sen­gers to com­pletely cut them­selves off from the out­side world as they sit in a lux­u­ri­ous cabin with a starlight head­liner.

The Ex­tended Wheel­base Phan­tom, now with a rear ‘con­fer­ence room’.

Sound­proof glass panel goes from opaque to see-through at the touch of a but­ton.

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