One reason why classic cars remain appealing to this day is that these are reminiscent of old times when life was much simpler. The timeless machines were developed and built way before the digital age, so these are without the bells and whistles found in the cars of today. They were made for driving—and for driving alone.
However, it seems that there are people who like their classic cars equipped with new technology, rides that look old but feature something new on the inside. This is because Porsche Classic recently unveiled a technology developed to appeal to car collectors who want vintage models that feature modern offerings.
Porsche Classic, the division of the German automaker in charge of maintaining older models, announced on Monday that it is offering modern navigation radio to classic sports cars. In a statement, the company said there was a demand for such built-in technology, so they built it. Interestingly, the new device does not stick out like a sore thumb on the dashboard. Porsche Classic seamlessly incorporated the new device to the existing setup by using the DIN-1 slot placed in sports cars for many years.
The device was designed to be inconspicuous. It has a black surface, which allows it to blend into the background. Its controls—the two knobs plus the six integrated buttons—do not attract attention. It has a touchscreen, but it is tiny compared to what is often found in modern cars. The display measures only 3.5 inches. Its overall look is anything but dated, as it was created to look like what someone would find in Porsche’s current lineup.
While it is a fresh-looking piece of technology, it is meant to be paired with vintage sports cars. According to Porsche Classic, the navigation radio system will work with any generation of Porsche sports cars between the earliest 911 model from the 1960s to the air-cooled 993 series from the mid-1990s. The system is also suitable for front-engine and mid-engine models alike.
So what does the modern system offer to classic sports car drivers? Pretty much the same offerings other modern systems deliver. Navigation comes in the form of two- and three-dimensional maps that show the route on the display. Arrows show the driver the intended route. Then there is the radio, which comes with a built-in microphone and an external microphone.
The device also allows motorists to access external music sources. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to listen to music (or access other kinds of entertainment) from their smartphones.
Photo credit: press.porsche.com