Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Navigation and Radio Update for Classic Porsches

Porsche Classic navigation radio
Photo courtesy Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Wouldn’t you love to have a navigation system and mp3 player for your classic Porsche 911? How about Bluetooth capability? Okay, like me, most of you probably don’t own a classic Porsche, but if I did, I’d definitely be interested.

Porsche Classic recently announced that it had produced exactly that, a navigation radio that fits in the DIN-1 slot of the 911 series. It’s designed to look like it belongs, while allowing you to use today’s technology. At the moment it’s only available in Europe (at a cost of 1,184 Euros), but they are currently at work on the North American version.

According to their press release, “The purpose-built unit combines the style of yesteryear with the benefits of modern technology. It fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot that has been used in the sports cars for decades and is operated by means of two knobs, six discreetly integrated buttons and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display…It bears Porsche lettering and is suitable for the 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…”

“Radio reception…has been optimized for the built-in aerial supplied ex-works… Drivers have a choice of arrows and two-dimensional or three-dimensional maps to display the route. The maps are stored on a microSD card with eight gigabytes of memory and are updated regularly.”

I’d like to see more of this kind of thing from car manufacturers. You can find out more about Porsche Classic parts and accessories on their website. Among other things, they sell specially formulated motor oil, and Porsche hubcaps and crests. Hmm, a Porsche hubcap might look cool in my real garage. The classic Porsche itself (I like the looks of the 914) will only be found in my virtual garage.

[SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.]

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