Block Out Peasants With Your Rolls-Royce Phantom

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
block out peasants with your rolls royce phantom

Are you tired of commoners gawking at you through the windows of your Rolls? Is your chauffeur too much of a peon with which to share time? Do you want to combine your desire for solitude with your love of spending house-sized money on a car? Well, fret no more.

Rolls-Royce has announced the introduction of a “Privacy Suite” for its Extended Wheelbase Phantom, a car exquisitely capable of delivering a crushing commentary on the inferiority of your neighbor’s bank statement.

Opting for the Privacy Suite cleaves the Phantom’s cabin in half with an vast slab of Electrochromatic Glass, a unit which allows the front and rear occupants to be visually separated at the touch of a button. The oligarch occupying the rear throne is offered the option to see through the glass and on to the road ahead or to instantly transform the glass to opaque.

Rolls says it has developed a frequency-specific compound made out of moonbeams and unicorn feathers to inhibit the transmission of conversations in the rear cabin to the front cabin. There is a fully integrated intercom system that allows backseat ballers to yell commands at their driver. It is a two-way voice system, but only those in the rear compartment can reject a call; those up front are forced endure the verbal barrage.

In addition, the fortification wall features what is described as a large aperture whose opening is controlled solely by the rear passenger. Rolls allows documents or – wait for it – “other objects” to be easily 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 “other objects” before taking delivery.

Rolls thoughtfully fits this Phantom with a Bespoke Rear Theatre Entertainment system. Integrated into the Privacy Suite, it includes two high-def 12-inch monitors linked a suite of software. The company takes pains to point out an HDMI port (just like ones included on family minivans!) that allows passengers to synchronise their “highly secure personal devices.” Presumably, Rolls is talking about something other than a smartphone, as we all know that Apple and Samsung will eventually take pictures of your bosoms and send them to the internet.

Rear-seat rockstars will also enjoy a Starlight Headliner and what is described as a “Bespoke Clock”, which one can only assume tells time with equal élan as your highly secure personal device.

Naturally, one can also experience this type of driver/passenger separation for no cost at all. Simply act like a ne’er-do-well and you may quickly find yourself enjoying the backseat environs of a police cruiser, a vehicle which also has a partition between the front and rear seats. Good luck finding a bespoke rear theatre entertainment system back there, though; you’ll have to use your imagination.

The company chose to unveil this altar to excess at the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show. This should not be a surprise, as consumers in that market value rear seat space and gadgets above just about everything else. Back in this country, Rolls-Royce North America installs a new President tomorrow, September 1st, handing the corner office to Martin Fritsches, who started his career at BMW 20 years ago in Argentina.

[Images: Rolls-Royce]

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Sep 03, 2018

    You're leaving out critical buyer information. How many cupholders? Does the rear seat have a pass-thru for skis or 2x4s? Does the trunk have one of those mesh nets for grocery bags? And what's the MSRP on this thing? Any cash on the hood?

  • NeilM NeilM on Sep 04, 2018

    RR seems to have missed the obvious by omitting an electrochroamatic privacy glass option for all the rear windows. Blocking the sight of the grubby peasantry outside the vehicle is what the socially sensitive oligarch really wants.

  • 56m65711446 Well, I had a suburban auto repair shop in those days.
  • Dukeisduke Yikes - reading the recall info from NHTSA, this sounds like the Hyundai/Kia 2.4l Theta II "engine fire" recall, since it involves an engine block or oil pan "breach", so basically, throwing a rod:"Description of the Safety Risk : Engine oil and/or fuel vapor that accumulates near a sufficiently hot surface, below the combustion initiation flame speed, may ignite resulting in an under hood fire, and increasing the risk of injury. Description of the Cause :Isolated engine manufacturing issues have resulted in 2.5L HEV/PHEV engine failures involving engine block or oil pan breach. In the event of an engine block or oil pan breach, the HEV/PHEV system continues to propel the vehicle allowing the customer to continue to drive the vehicle. As the customer continues to drive after a block breach, oil and/or fuel vapor continues to be expelled and accumulates near ignition sources, primarily expected to be the exhaust system. Identification of Any Warning that can Occur :Engine failure is expected to produce loud noises (example: metal-to-metal clank) audible to the vehicle’s occupants. An engine failure will also result in a reduction in engine torque. In Owner Letters mailed to customers, Ford will advise customers to safely park and shut off the engine as promptly as possible upon hearing unexpected engine noises, after experiencing an unexpected torque reduction, or if smoke is observed emanating from the engine compartment."
  • Dukeisduke In an ideal world, cars would be inspected in the way the MoT in the UK does it, or the TÜV in Germany. But realistically, a lot of people can't afford to keep their cars to such a high standard since they need them for work, and widespread public transit isn't a thing here.I would like the inspections to stick around (I've lived in Texas all my life, and annual inspections have always been a thing), but there's so much cheating going on (and more and more people don't bother to get their cars inspected or registration renewed), so without rigorous enforcement (which is basically a cop noticing your windshield sticker is out of date, or pulling you over for an equipment violation), there's no real point anymore.
  • Zipper69 Arriving in Florida from Europe and finding ZERO inspection procedures I envisioned roads crawling with wrecks held together with baling wire, duct tape and prayer.Such proved NOT to be the case, plenty of 20-30 year old cars and trucks around but clearly "unsafe at any speed" vehicles are few and far between.Could this be because the median age here is 95, so a lot of low mileage vehicles keep entering the market as the owners expire?
  • Zipper69 At the heart of GM’s resistance to improving the safety of its fuel systems was a cost benefit analysis done by Edward Ivey which concluded that it was not cost effective for GM to spend more than $2.20 per vehicle to prevent a fire death. When deposed about his cost benefit analysis, Mr. Ivey was asked whether he could identify a more hazardous location for the fuel tank on a GM pickup than outside the frame. Mr. Ivey responded, “Well yes…You could put in on the front bumper.”