Porsche has been offering aftermarket upgrades to its classic models for a number of years, adding modern amenities like navigation and even entire infotainment systems with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Previously, such systems were limited to 911s from around the early 1960s through the 996 generation, and some front-engine and mid-engine sports cars. However, Porsche presented new versions on Thursday that support even more models. The automaker hasn’t announced US prices, but in Europe the systems are priced at €1,520.37 (about US$1,645).
The new systems support the 911 generation 997 from model years 2005-2008 as well as the 987 generation Boxster and Cayman from the same model years. They also support the first generation Cayenne from model years 2003-2008.
For the first time, Porsche is also offering specific systems for different regions. For example, the system for the USA and Canada supports satellite radio and maps with Porsche-specific points of interest.
Retrofit infotainment system for classic Porsche models
The dual DIN systems feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen and exterior panels designed to match the interiors of the models they fit into. Existing components such as amplifiers, loudspeakers or antennas are not affected either, and the navigation displays in the instrument cluster available in some models continue to work as originally intended.
The decisive factor for many buyers is that the systems enable the use of Apple CarPlay (from iPhone 5 and up) and Android Auto for media playback, navigation and telephone calls.
Finally, in the case of Apple CarPlay, this system can take over the entire dashboard of previously unspecified vehicles. Apple last summer previewed a next-gen version of CarPlay that will display its own information not only on the infotainment screen but also on the instrument cluster. So far, no automaker has said it plans to do this integration.