In a response to the increasing demand for a built-in navigation device for vintage Porsche sportscars, Porsche has rolled out its Classic Radio Navigation System. After its successful debut in Europe in February last year, the system is now available in the USA and Canada.
A purpose-built unit, it blends a style indicative of the original equipment radios in these cars with the benefits of modern digital technology. It also fits perfectly into the DIN-1 slot utilized for decades in Porsche sports cars and is operated by means of six integrated buttons, two knobs, and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display.
The all-new Classic Radio Navigation System is also prewired with a lead for an optional SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. Featuring a black surface and two authentic styles of knobs, it perfectly blends into the dashboard of classic Porsche models. The system bears the Porsche logotype and is highly suitable for sports car generations between the first 911 from the 1960s to the last air-cooled 911 (993 series, MY1998), as well as the 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, and 968 models.
The Porsche Classic Radio Navigation System boasts key features of today’s systems. Apart from smartphone connection via Bluetooth, the unit also comes with low-interference radio reception, two USB ports, accurate navigation, and interfaces for different external music sources, controllable from the display.
Moreover, the Classic radio comes with an internal microphone and an external microphone. There is also an integrated amplifier that delivers 4×45 watts and can be connected either directly to the loudspeakers or to the original sound system utilizing an optional adapter cable.
The all-new Porsche Classic Radio Navigation System is exclusively designed for Porsche Classic sports cars. For instance, radio reception has been optimized for the built-in antenna supplied during original production.
The operating concept of the device is based on Porsche Communication Management (PCM). It has gone through extensive testing at the Technical University in Munich to validate user friendliness, and several trial trips were made in the USA and Canada to test country-specific navigation.
Motorists can choose from arrows and two-dimensional or three-dimensional maps to display the route, and the maps are stored on a microSD card with 8GB memory.
Porsche’s Classic Radio Navigation System is now immediately available from authorized Porsche dealers. The automaker is expanding its international dealer and service network to about 100 Porsche Classic Partners for optimal support of classic cars. Hence, Porsche owners can look forward for wide-ranging Porsche Classic services from Porsche Classic Partners.
Through this move, the German automaker has integrated the care of modern classic and vintage cars in a groundbreaking service concept, linking Porsche innovation and Porsche tradition.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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