Don't want your chauffeur to hear your phone conversation about that upcoming oil deal with Bahrain, or who you're installing as the next defense minister of Ukraine? There's now a solution for that, to use a modern phrase, and it's a soundproof wall that's the latest option in the extended-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom.
At the Chengdu auto show in China Rolls-Royce debuted the Privacy Suite — a soundproof partition for the interior of the long-wheelbase Phantom sedan meant to keep sound out of the driver's compartment. Seemingly targeted at paranoid oligarchs who still want to be seen rolling around in something as flash as a Phantom, the Privacy Suite also features electrochromatic glass that turns opaque at the press of a button.
"The Privacy Suite also represents a leap forward in sound absorption in a motor car that is already hailed as the quietest in the world, delivering the highest possible levels of acoustic insulation," the Anglo-Germanic automaker says. "A frequency-specific compound inhibits the transmission of conversations in the rear cabin to the front cabin, yet a fully integrated Intercom System allows communication on demand. Controlled by the rear passenger, the Intercom System can be used to open a direct line to the driver at the press of a button whilst the driver is able to ‘call’ the rear occupants, who can choose to answer or reject the communication."
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