New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

Porsche's "navigation radio" tales worry out of being old

Porsche’s “navigation radio” tales worry out of being old.

Call it a first world problem. You own an older Porsche, old enough that it didn’t have the option of in-dash GPS navigation. And a Garmin suction cupped to the windshield is so gauche. What will you do? Whatever shall you do?

Porsche has the answer, a “radio navigation” unit that plugss into the standard DIN-1 radio slot of an older Porsche. It’s designed, says Porsche, with “style of yesteryear” while providing all the functionality of a modern GPS navigation system. Like the radio it replaces, is operated by means of two knobs that mimic the volume/tuning knobs of older radios, with six inconspicuous buttons flanking a touch-screen 3.5-inch display.

The Porsche navigation radio is the brainchild of Porsche Classic, a part of the company responsible for maintenance of vehicles generally produced more than ten years ago. It’s suitable for the sports car generations between the first 911 from the 1960s and the last of the 911 series with air cooling from the mid-1990s (993 series), including the earlier front-engine and mid-engine models.r

The Porsche nav radio fits discreetly in the dash.

The Porsche nav radio fits discreetly in the dash. (click to enlarge)

Although it’s designed for discrete installation so it doesn’t cheapen the look of the interior, the navigation radio includes interfaces for a variety of external music sources that can be controlled from the display, and a smartphone can be connected via Bluetooth. In addition, the classic radio not only has a built-in microphone but also comes with an external microphone.

A 4×45 watt amplifier is integrated into the radio, can be connected either directly to the loud-speakers or to the original sound system using an optional adapter cable.

In Germany, the Porsche navigation radio is available now for €1,184 including VAT, or almost $2,100 US today. It’s still undergoing tests in the U.S., however, and the price here has yet to be determined, nor has the date of availability in the States.

In the meantime, deal with your first world problem, and if you really want to be period authentic…get a map.