Porsche Classic has developed a new touchscreen entertainment and navigation head unit that can be installed in classic Porsche sports cars.
According to Porsche, the new head unit has been designed for vehicles as old as the first generation 911 from the early 1960s through to the 993-series 911, which was the company's last air cooled model and was sold up until 1998.
Porsche states the unit's tuner and volume knobs have been designed to fit in with the aesthetic of these classic Porsches. The single-DIN head unit also features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, six function buttons, and two micro-SD card slots.
One of the SD card slots is reserved for cards housing mapping and navigation data, while the other will accept cards containing media files. The system also includes Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and features both a built-in and an external microphone.
The sat nav system can display turn instructions via either simple turn arrows, or 2D and 3D map views. The unit's touchscreen interface is said to be based on the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that features on the company's more recent models.
Porsche claims that the head unit's radio reception has been optimised to work with the aerial used in the company's classic sports cars. There's also a 4x45W amplifier on-board, which can be hooked up directly to newer speakers or to a car's original speakers, although the latter option requires the use of an adapter.
In Europe the Porsche Classic head unit will retail for 1184 euros ($1736) before installation costs. We're waiting to hear back from Porsche Australia about pricing and availability for our market.