Porsche introduces new head units that combine vintage design with more modern amenities such as high-resolution touch screens, Bluetooth, DAB + and Apple CarPlay.
Two versions are available: one with single DIN dimensions and a 3.5-inch display for classic cars with smaller radio slots and one with a double DIN slot and a 7-inch display for models 996 and 986 of the automaker. The German automaker says that the new head units called "Porsche Classic Communication Management" are compatible with a variety of models from the 1960s to the 1990s.
In addition to the additional connectivity, there is also a USB port and an SD card slot. So that you don't think a touchscreen on a vintage dashboard sticks out like an aching thumb, Porsche also offers some retro details like a pair of knobs and six integrated buttons.
According to Porsche:
Thanks to the black surface and the shape of the buttons, the PCCM blends harmoniously into the dashboard of classic Porsche cars. It bears the Porsche logo and is suitable for the sports car generations between the first 911 models from the 1960s and the last 911 with air cooling from the early 1990s (model series 993).
In terms of pricing, these new head units are not cheap. The single DIN variant costs $ 1,556.74 (€ 1,439.89) and the double DIN model costs $ 1,736.33 (€ 1,606).
There are a number of CarPlay-compatible aftermarket head units, but Porsche's approach of combining them with a retro design is certainly unique. It will be interesting to see if other car manufacturers follow this example, especially as the demand for infotainment systems that match the operating systems of smartphones continues to grow.