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Porsche expands retrofit infotainment models from early 2000s


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porsche is bringing modern infotainment systems into the cabins of cars from the 2000s, including 911, Boxster, Cayman and Cayenne. Classic Porsche is offering to update the control panel of certain models with an expensive new head unit that brings a touch screen, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay and Android car function.

Porsche has been doing this for many years, gives owners of classic 911s from the 1960s to the 996th generation the chance to bring their car into the technological age with a retrofit bearing the Porsche approval mark. Porsche has envisioned the retrofit, known as the Porsche Classic Communications Headquarters, as a way to add new features without betraying the interior design of its older cars. .

Now, Porsche is expanding the eligible models beyond the 996 with another head unit for slightly newer models. Specifically, this new front-end fits the 997 911, 987 Boxster and Cayman, and the first-generation Cayenne. Retrofit for 911, Boxster and Cayman models from 2005 to 2008 and Cayenne models from 2003 to 2008 — all dual DIN-fit.

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The problem with a lot of vintage cars is that they have open a DIN, there is not enough room to fit a touch screen suitable for modern technology. PCCM, like car and driver mention it, comes with a small, hard to read 3.5 inch screen. This seems more like a feature than a bug to me. But then again, I like dot-matrix displays, so maybe I’m in the minority here shaking my fists and rallying against the touchscreens on older cars. Shout out to Becker Traffic Pro.

The German automaker also offers the Porsche Classic Communication Management System More Head unit, suitable for certain models. PCCM Plus has a screen twice as big as regular PCCM, with a clearer 7-inch screen. If you have to resort to installing a touchscreen in an old car, the best you can hope for is proper integration. And that is exactly the purpose of PCCM Plus; it is now becoming an option for a wider range of Porsche models.

porsche speak The design builds on components already in the car, including the HVAC controller. PCCM Plus replaces the original head unit or CD radio with a spacious touchscreen, but connects immediately to the original amplifier and speakers.

The function is more than just adding a big screen to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; it also adds in-vehicle navigation, a trip computer and a memory function to store settings related to lights, wipers, climate control and locks.

The navigation system will even receive updates on a regular basis, though it’s unclear how useful these updates will be with Apple and Google maps right within reach. Given the design of the head unit and the large number of features built into it, it’s no surprise that PCCM Plus for Porsche models from the 2000s will start at $1,475.99.

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