By on February 24, 2015

Porsche Classic GPS Unit 01

Happen to own a classic Porsche? Want a more elegant solution for GPS than a smartphone on your dash? Porsche Classic has the solution.

The GPS/radio unit is designed to fit into the DIN-1 slot of many a classic Porsche, from the first 911s to roll out of Stuttgart in 1963, to the last of the air-cooled 993s from the mid-1990s. Operation is handled between two knobs, six buttons and the 3.5-inch touchscreen nestled in the center.

Drivers can opt for either 2D or 3D mapping for navigation, while the 8GB microSD card that holds the maps is updated regularly. Smartphone can be connected via Bluetooth, and the unit’s integrated amplifier delivers 4×45 watts through either the loudspeakers or the vehicle’s original sound system, perfect for enjoying music and news with little interference in radio reception.

The Porsche Communication Management-based unit is on sale now from Porsche Classic Partners and Centers in Germany for €1,184 ($1,343 USD) plus VAT. The USDM version is undergoing final testing, with pricing and availability due upon completion.

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49 Comments on “Porsche Classic Unveils GPS Unit For Classic Porsches...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Seriously, where are you going in your “classic Porsche” that you need built-in GPS navigation?

    • 0 avatar
      -Nate

      _Drive_ it of course ~ .

      I drive in lots of Road Rallies and there’s often several Vintage 911’s along for the fun .

      Becker made a sweet DIN-1 vintage look Radio / CD Player a few years back , it too is wildly over priced @ $2,000.00 so I guess I’ll never get one but I do use a GPS a lot , it beats having to reach for the clipboard @ 85 MPH on a twisty back road….

      -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      Drive it!

      Per the author this fits all the way up to air cooled 993’s. So all the way into the mid-90’s.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        DRIVE IT!

        I detest trailer queens and concurs restorations. I gag every time I open a Mustang magazine and see someone obsessing about trying to match factory over-spray patterns or trying to have the correct battery bracket with the correct markings that would have been on it in 1965. Belch…..

  • avatar
    insalted42

    I’ve always appreciated these Retro-styled modern amenities made for older cars, they’re always much classier than 95% of equivalent aftermarket parts.

  • avatar
    caltemus

    It’s cool, but not $1,300 cool. Where’s the CarPlay or Android Auto? I guess porsche owners will pay for anything with those letters on it.

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      I think you missed the point. It just allows the owner of a classic Porsche to update without changing the dash. You’re reading too much into this.

      • 0 avatar
        caltemus

        I understand that. I just don’t see why it has to cost so much for what is cheap, existing technology. It’s a glorified single DIN radio. It’s clear that this was a half-effort.

        • 0 avatar
          energetik9

          I don’t know about half-effort, but fair enough. In the end, supply and demand will decide if this is a good solution or not I guess. Let’s be honest too, this is a low volume unit.

          I don’t need this, but the only benefit I can see is that as far as style, it does seem to be a very clean unit that matches the classic interior and I understand not wanting to cut into the dash. It also adds bluetooth and MP3 hookup, so I can see why some might see value.

        • 0 avatar
          Mr. Orange

          Why would you expect a Porsche OEM replacement to be cheap? So you think that because one of their cars is old Porsche is obligated to sell components cheaply.

          This is from the same company that will charge you $1750 to cover your air vents in leather, $380 to cover your fuse box with leather, $865 to cover the gear shift lever in Alcantrara, $5,000 for a paint option. Porsche charges you more to get less stuff in your car. In the past few years you paid a few ten grand more and they would turn the door grab handle into just a leather strap.

          It is one of the few companies that will allow you to double the price of your car with just options. Porsche will always put their customers over a barrel when it comes time to sell something extra. I believe its the German way.

        • 0 avatar
          Wheeljack

          Its expensive because it will be made in low volume. It isn’t cheap to put development money into a product that will sell at a rate that is a small fraction of normal volume products.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      This will sell well to the Porsche set. They’re all about looking correct. So if they can update but have it look stock, they’ll happily hand over their pounds.

  • avatar
    johnny ro

    Looks like it belongs. Yes much classier. Entirely appropriate for a 911, which are not all driven in circles on a track.

    GPS is fun cockpit equipment if it works well, not all do (Toyota).

    If I were to drop the necessary money on a nice 911, I would not be afraid of paying 4-5x for this as compared to a typical aftermarket unit designed for some Chevy Cavalier or minivan.

    Screen is painfully small unless you never saw a large one but the dash is not so far away.

    The flip up single DIN radio-GPS units I see out there do not appear desirable from the photos, best to have a factory double-DIN setup like an MX-3.

  • avatar
    duffman13

    I’d rather just have a classic looking head unit without the GPS functionality. Give me A2DP Bluetooth streaming, and if we want to be really fancy show me the track information. That would be all I would ever need, and if you want to use your phone GPS, just listen to the voice prompts.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed: After retrofitting my 03, with an “aux in” and $45 Kinivio bluetooth, it was clear that the AD2P was the killer app. I’d tried “aux in”, and USB, but at the end of the day, a smartphone and voice commands with a bluetooth link gave me just about everything one would expect in a new car. Cell phone use in my area is a hanging offense, so it is no longer a luxury.

      Prior to that, I wasted a lot of time on the Mediabridge, which looked like a great idea, but poor in execution. The only other choice was the OE bluetooth, for a four figure sum.

      I can’t imagine that you’d destroy the value of the car with a decent aftermarket radio with built in bluetooth…..

  • avatar
    JMF

    That is a terrible location for a GPS display.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    ….looks like a custom-faced harman/becker unit, which would make sense for porsche…

    …over the past five years, becker have essentially discontinued their aftermarket models to focus entirely upon OEM integration…it’s a shame, because they were very nearly the only manufacturer to offer OEM-looking aftermarket head units, but that market dried up when new cars quit using DIN-style stereos…

    …these days there really aren’t any aesthetically-acceptable options for retrofitting classic cars short of scavenging old discontinued head units; kudos to porsche for making this happen…

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    You know what would be nice? If we could get head units for other cars that aren’t utterly hideous.

    I really would like a nice head unit. I really don’t want it to look like a either a Cylon, or a Winamp skin from the early 2000s.

    I would like:
    * Large knobs. Why to most stereos use rocker buttons and teeny little pinheads
    * A simple display. Being able to colour-match the rest dash is nice. Echoing colours and patterns normally seen while on psychotropics is not.
    * 1/8″ minijack is good. Stereo RCA is nice, too. Bluetooth A2DP or aptX would be handy. Don’t bother with USB except to charge.

    It really isn’t necessary for it to do the LCD fandango on startup, nor cycle through every colour of the rainbow. I don’t need a screensaver of the Arecibo radio telescope array.

  • avatar
    319583076

    A true Porsche fan would accept only a Blaupunkt unit in his/her dash. Blaupunkt means “blue dot”.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      This is a valid point. Even though in practice their stereos weren’t great.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        And then they got even worse. By the ’80s, repeat Porsche buyers knew to refuse the Blaupunkts from the factory and call Crutchfield for a Kenwood or Sony. The Blaupunkts looked aftermarket anyway, they just didn’t work as well as better afermarket radios. In the ’90s, Blaupunkt sold stuff that made their ’80s models look like surgical instruments. Everyone else was building consumer electronics in Malaysia for currency reasons, but the off-shored Blaupunkts still managed to take a giant step backwards from their formerly-Japanese competition.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I believe all Audi products received Blaupunkt stereos through around… 96.

        • 0 avatar
          Wheeljack

          Not all Blaupunkts from the 90’s were horrible. I bought a Blaupunkt RDM-126 “Toronto” in roughly 1998 for my Merkur Scorpio. I believe it was one of 2 radios they made at the time that were still made in Germany.

          The Toronto had adjustable color so you could match your dash lighting and was one of the first aftermarket radios with RDS. It was also tasteful looking and appeared as though it belonged in a typical German car with a single DIN radio opening. For many years, they were quite popular used on ebay and fetched almost as much money as they did when they were new.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            I still have one of those Torontos on the shelf. Dead display, as they all do eventually. Always planned to get it fixed but never got around to it.

    • 0 avatar
      krayzie

      You know this headunit does kind of look like a Blaupunkt doesn’t it. Just no stupid key card.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but..
    isn’t the whole point of a “classic” vehicle to keep as much as possible the original OEM supplied equipment?

    Including the AM/FM/LW analog dial radio? Blaukpunt, of course.

  • avatar

    It’s not a classic Porsche unless a Craig cassette deck is haphazardly wedged in that radio hole.

  • avatar
    Speedygreg7

    When can I get a factory kit from every other manufacturer that will replace the touchscreen multimedia garbage with a good, old fashioned AM/FM/CD/AUX radio with actual button and knobs circa 2005 or so????

    • 0 avatar
      rentonben

      ^this

      It’s half the reason I jumped on a 2011 Buick Regal – you could get them with a dual knob radio and old time vacuum fluorescent display. IMHO it still looks good – a GPS unit would look really dated.

      I’m not entirely adverse to touch screens – but I’ld like them to blend in and stop drying to attract attention with stupid animations and gewgaw colors.

  • avatar
    stckshft

    IMHO this is a nice factory offering for a change. You’ll get good functionality whilst retaining the clean factory look. Some argue just toss in a Blaupunkt unit. While that would work even their latest offerings have busy faceplates. The G-bodies original Blaupunkt Reno unit was a pathetic offering compared to the Japanese units in the Nissan’s and Toyota’s of same period. While later 964 and 993’s could be had with Alpine units that had nice sound and features. Those are NLA. Porsche offered a Becker retrofit unit but owner’s complained of poor readability as it was intended for the 996 cars and that dash layout is canted differently. Kudos to Porsche for reaching out to it’s Classic customer’s.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I never did understand why aftermarket radios and GPS units have to be all chromey and flashy, its like they want to be stolen!

    This GPS units neat, but if I had the money for an old Porsche I’d do nothing to the interior but clean it, a modern GPS would take away the experience.

  • avatar
    lon888

    How in the world could one read the street names on that tiny screen? Just get a Garmin or TomTom and stick to your windshield like everyone else. Sheesh. Damn German car drivers.

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    I think it’s a cool idea and since the device is standard single DIN and doesn’t require hacking up the dash you can easily pop it out and replace it with a period correct Becker or Blaupunkt when you want tit to look full retro.

  • avatar
    segfault

    I am certain Porsche must be joking, but I can’t seem to find a link to the article on The Onion.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    That screen is bordering on dangerously small.

    I can’t help but think keeping the original radio and putting in something like a Parrot Asteroid Tablet would be a much more elegant solution.

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