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: 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 partition 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 flashy 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," according to Rolls. "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."