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Porsche Is Now Building Nav System Retrofits For Vintage P Cars Web2carz

If you’ve gone shopping for an older Porsche in the last several years, you may have noticed that most previous owners have replaced Porsche’s pokey old radio in favor of something a bit more technologically relevant. However, these “upgrades” are usually third-party radios that throw off the whole feel of the car — how many 911s came from the factory with flashing blue LED lighting?

Porsche has finally devised a better answer; the brand is releasing an upgraded radio that brings 21st-century tech to a decidedly analog lineup.
Instead of having to deal with some gaudy, non-factory-approved head unit, Porsche’s new radio adopts several important parts of its PCM (Porsche Communication Management) infotainment system found on all its latest vehicles, while retaining the appearance of a vintage factory-installed unit. Owners will be able to connect their phones to the new radio system via Bluetooth (there’s a microphone in the radio, and a second, external microphone is also supplied), so they won’t risk being pulled over for using the phone while in motion.
Porsche’s new infotainment unit also includes a navigation system, albeit on a screen small enough to fit in the single-DIN slot (roughly seven inches by two inches). The screen is touch-sensitive, so entering a destination is just a few finger-taps away. Even though the screen is on the smaller side, the radio (obviously) connects to the old speakers, so you can hear your directions as needed.

3 Comments

  • Vintage Radio Brand commented on May 12, 2014 Reply

    Speaking of audio, the radio also comes with a bevy of ports to support whatever device stores your music. You can plug into the radio via USB, using either a smartphone or a flash drive. There’s a 3.5-mm AUX port, as well. If you prefer to store your music on SD-style memory cards, there’s a slot for that, too.

  • Web2carz commented on May 15, 2015 Reply

    Best of all, this system fits a wide variety of Porsche models starting from the 1960s. This radio will work with all air-cooled 911s (original to 993), as well as Porsche’s front-and-mid-engined cars, the 914, 944, and 928. Pricing for American models has not been released just yet, but Europeans can buy this system today for the equivalent of about $1,300. For 911 owners who want new technology while staying as true to the brand as possible, here’s your answer.

  • RADIO commented on July 28, 2015 Reply

    However, these “upgrades” are usually third-party radios that throw off the whole feel of the car — how many 911s came from the factory with flashing blue LED lighting?

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