Many Porsche purists prefer air-cooled 911s — i.e. those built before 1998, when Porsche switched to liquid cooling for its engines in order to meet modern emissions standards. It’s why buying a vintage 911 in good shape can cost as much as buying a new one. One slight disadvantage to those older cars, however, is a lack of modern infotainment features. After all, even the most astute and tasteful automotive enthusiasts want access to navigation — and a broader range of audio content than the local shock jocks.
Porsche has announced a new solution for those owners: the Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) system. It’s a new radio head unit compatible with 911s built between 1965 and 1998 that’s controlled with rotary knobs and a 3.5-inch touchscreen. Drivers will get access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Plus, Porsche isn’t leaving the runny-egg-headlight generation of sports cars out to dry. There’s a larger PCCM Plus unit for 996-generation 911s and 986-generation Boxsters.
How much the PCCM setup will cost is a little unclear. Porsche’s press release only gives European pricing, which starts at the equivalent of $1,554.87 with VAT included. Let’s just say that American buyers can expect to pay more than $1,000.
The PCCM resolves a pressing issue for many 911 owners. While you surely can buy an aftermarket head unit for less than that, having one with the Porsche imprimatur would be valued both by 911 owners and future buyers. And a cynic might note Porsche just figured out a way to sell a four-figure option to people who aren’t even buying a new Porsche…which feels incredibly on-brand.
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