Porsche has released a new head unit for its classic models with Apple CarPlay compatibility and other features. Like the previous version, the new system is going to be a single-DIN unit that will slip into the dashboard of any 911 model dating from the early 1960s up to the last air-cooled 911 of the 1990s. The new system will be available for purchase through Porsche Classic centers or online.
Written By- Neehan Rashid Pictures- Porsche
Whenever you try to do something out of the box to classic Porsches, “the purists” won’t be happy. Yes, I understand their point of view of leaving a great piece of engineering as it is, but one thing I will certainly do to a classic Porsche is install the new navigation system that the German Marque’s Classic department has released on Thursday.
Having already launched a factory navigation system for older models. Porsche has released this new head unit with Apple CarPlay compatibility and other features, which enables a classic Porsche to be true to its roots while having a hint of modern essence.
Like the previous version, the new system is going to be a single-DIN unit that will slip into the dashboard of any 911 model dating from the early 1960s up to the last air-cooled 911 of the 1990s. The German Manufacturer has even stated that the new navigation system can also be made to fit in earlier front-engine and mid-engine models. Hence, we can say that the 914, 924, 944, 928, and 968, models will also be privileged to get the modern touch.
The new head unit utilizes two rotary knobs and six buttons that are complemented with a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive display. However, what differentiates the new model from the previous year is the added Apple CarPlay feature, along with a point-of-interest function for navigation (with maps stored on an SD card). Media playback through Bluetooth or USB has also been included.
Porsche has even added a dual-DIN unit for its 996-generation 911 and 986 Boxster models. As these vehicles have more dashboard space, they are equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, instead of the 3.5-inch. The unit was specifically designed to blend in with the surrounding switchgear, allowing it to work with existing components like amplifiers and instrument-cluster navigation displays.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen unit also includes navigation, with maps stored on an SD card. Apple CarPlay is included, but it supports Android Auto as well. Like the other unit, Bluetooth and USB media playback are included.
Pricing for the head unit starts at 1,550 dollars based on current exchange rates and will be available for purchase through Porsche Classic centers or online.