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Written by Nick Heer.

Porsche Introduces CarPlay Upgrade Kits for Models Dating Back to 1963

Porsche:

The Porsche Classic Communication Management is a further development of the previous radio navigation system for classic Porsche sports cars. Like this system, the new PCCM fits exactly in the 1-DIN slot which was standard in sports cars for many decades. The PCCM is operated via two rotary knobs, six integrated buttons and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display. Like the predecessor model, it includes a navigation function with “Point of Interest” search in an enhanced version. Route guidance optionally takes place as a simple arrow representation in a 2D or 3D view. The corresponding map material is provided on a separate SD card, which can also be ordered in the Porsche Classic online shop or through a Porsche centre.

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911 models of the 996 generation and Boxster models of the 986 generation which were built in the 1990s could already be optionally equipped with a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system in 2-DIN format. For these sports cars, Porsche Classic has developed the Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus (PCCM Plus) system, which features a high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen with optimised display. The haptic and visual design of the PCCM Plus is based on the adjacent components such as air vents or pushbutton switches. The PCCM Plus can thus be integrated seamlessly into the ambience of the classic sports cars. The peripheral components already installed in the vehicle such as amplifier, loudspeakers or antenna can still be used. The navigation displays in the instrument cluster are also still supported.

I have never read a Porsche press release before this one, but this feels so quintessentially Porsche — I love it. Even the name of this aftermarket system fits the company’s reputation: “Porsche Classic Communication Management”.

I’ve never seen anything like this before. Sure, you can get aftermarket stereos that support CarPlay, but never an integrated product for fifty year old cars. It’s about €1,500 for the model suitable for 911s from 1963 until 1998, and €1,600 for more recent models. This is just terrific.