ROLLS-ROYCE has taken the Phantom’s sound-insulating opulence to a whole new level with the launch of the luxury saloon’s new “Privacy Suite” option.
Only available on the £430,000-plus extended wheelbase version of the range-topping Rolls (which adds another 22cm to the length of the 5.7m ‘standard’ car), the Phantom’s Privacy Suite package helps turn the already quiet car into an even more isolating experience for rear-seat passengers.
Due to the increased sound deadening and glass partition, the only way the driver can communicate with those in the back is through a built-in intercom system.
Being made out of electrochromatic glass, the dividing panel can also be made transparent or opaque at the touch of a button. Obligatory privacy glass comes with the Privacy Suite option too, as well as all-round rear curtains should additional external light need to be blotted out.
A large opening underneath the central glass barrier can be opened to allow objects to be passed between the front and rear of the car but, as with the comms system and the glass opacity functionality, the aperture can only be controlled by the rear seat passengers.
Other Privacy Suite items include two 12in HD monitors, to which the pair of rear passengers can link their “highly secure personal devices” via an HDMI port. A bespoke clock is factored into the build, too, as is Rolls-Royce’s Starlight Headliner fibre optic lighting system for the interior roof lining.
As the extra is available through the luxury car maker’s customisation programme, Rolls-Royce isn’t quoting prices for the Phantom Extended Wheelbase’s new Privacy Suite package. Besides, as they say: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.