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Porsche reveals retrofit modern infotainment screens for classic models

The units work with almost every Porsche built between 1965 and 2005 – and adds sat-nav, bluetooth and smartphone connectivity

Porsche has launched a pair of new retrofit infotainment systems compatible with almost all of its heritage vehicles built between 1965 and 2005. Collectively called the “Porsche Classic Communication Management” (PCCM) system, the two units add a range of digital features to the German brand’s most analogue vehicles - most notably Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection - and are official Porsche Classic parts.

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For vehicles built between 1965 and 1998 (so, that’s the 914, 924, 928, 944, 959, 968 and the first five generations of the 911), Porsche offers a 3.5-inch infotainment system which fits a standard DIN-1 head unit mount.

It’s an updated version of the Porsche Classic Radio Navigation system, and can receive DAB+ radio while adding a host of modern-day convenience features such as handsfree calling, voice control, updated satellite navigation, bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is not available on the 3.5-inch PCCM though.

It is available on the larger seven-inch system for the sixth-generation 911 and the first-generation 986 Boxster, as both cars came from the factory with a larger DIN-2 head unit mount. This larger unit shares the same functions as the 3.5-inch system, but offers added support for Android Auto.

Porsche says both setups have been designed to match the age of the interiors of the cars they’re compatible with, featuring period-accurate plastics and physical buttons. As such, the 3.5-inch system apes the 964’s twin rotary dials, while the seven-inch unit shares the same row of switches found on the 986 Boxster.

Neither infotainment system is compatible with the Porsche 356 nor the Porsche Carrera GT. Also, neither system can be programmed to function with Porsche’s older CD autochangers or Bose’s AudioPilot noise compensation technology.

UK prices have not been confirmed, but looking at European prices expect to pay around £1,250 for the 3.5-inch PCCM, excluding the cost of fitting, while the larger seven-inch system will be priced from £1,400. Porsche’s navigation software is included in both of these figures, adding mapping for 47 European countries. 

What do you make of Porsche’s heritage-focused infotainment systems? Let us know in the comments section below…

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