Until now, if you wanted the convenience of a head-unit that offered navigation, Bluetooth and iPod/iPhone connectivity in your classic Porsche your choices were quite limited. Sure, you could cobble together a system using your phone, mounts, stand-alone GPS devices and alternative head-units, but in doing so you lose that all important factory look. In some extreme cases owners go so far as to alter the interior with head-units that require cutting larger holes to fit them, permanently destroying the factory look. While that’s fine for some, for others, in today’s world of sky-rocketing prices, keeping the appearance of their classic Porsche the same as when the factory delivered it is a must. Porsche Classic has you covered. Introducing their newly developed navigation radio for Porsche sports car generations between the first 911 from the 1960s and the last of the 911 series with air cooling from the mid 1990s (993 series), including the earlier front-engine and mid-engine models.
The new unit combines classic looks on the outside with ultra-modern technology on the inside. Based on the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system this new unit fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot that has been used in Porsches for decades and is operated by means of two knobs, six discreetly integrated buttons and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display. Functions include navigation, hands free telephone via built in speaker and microphone, Bluetooth for smart phone connectivity and USB interfaces for a variety of other external devices. The integrated amplifier delivers 4×45 watts and can be connected either directly to the loud-speakers or to the original sound system using an optional adapter cable.
Thanks to the appearance of the black surface and the shape of the knobs, which are supplied in two authentically styled versions as standard, the navigation radio blends into the dashboard of classic Porsche models as if delivered from the factory.
The new navigation radio is available immediately, in Germany, from Porsche Classic Partners or Centers and costs 1,184 euros including VAT. In the United States, the Porsche Classic navigation radio is in the final testing stages. Availability and pricing for this market will be determined upon completion of testing. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear when that is.