Porsche Classic Announces New Navigation Radio
With the restomod industry experiencing a boom in recent years, Porsche seems to have caught the bug as well, and its Classic division now offers a navigation radio system that blends modern technology with a retro look. On top of that, the system fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot that has been used by Porsche since almost forever, meaning that the thingamagig is suitable for every 911 built from 1964 onward, at least until the 993 generation, since newer models started coming with factory-installed infotainment systems.
The system can be retrofitted to all other classic Porsche models as well, including front- and mid-engined ones made up until the mid 1990s, meaning that no matter how old your Stuttgart sports car is, it can now have the modern amenity of a a navigation radio system. Apart from the GPS function, the system offers radio reception and also comes with support for a wide array of external music sources that can be controlled from the available touchscreen display.
Despite offering just a 3.5-inch screen in order to blend in into the dashboard of older Porsches, the device is based on the modern Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, with maps for the navigation being stored on a microSD card with 8 GB of memory. Before running to your nearest Porsche Classic Partner, you may want to learn that the navigation radio costs 1,184 euros ($1,341 as of February 2015) in Germany.
Continue reading to learn more on Porsche Classic’s navigation radio.
Why it matters
It’s always nice to see that certain carmakers don’t forget their history or customer needs regarding models that are now out of production, and the new Porsche Classic navigation radio system is a very good example of that. Classic car owners bought their vehicles for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean that they would like to do without features that modern cars have. A factory infotainment system that fits into the design of the dashboard is a perfect add-on from my point of view, even though that 3.5-inch screen may be a bit hard to follow.