As a lover of classic cars, I do have to admit that driving around without a modern stereo or the ability to play my own music is a bit of a bummer. I personally prefer driving old cars to new ones but each and every time I do, I end up missing Bluetooth connectivity.
Hell, just driving around in my Audi A4 from 2005, I miss being able to sync my phone for music, sat-nav and phone calls. We seriously take for granted how easy it is to hook up our phones and listen to Spotify and have every one of our favorite songs at our fingertips. In a classic car, that technology is obviously lacking.
However, Porsche just announced that it’s releasing modern touchscreen stereo head-units for its classic cars and it’s extremely exciting for classic Porsche owners.
The folks in Stuttgart have released two separate stereos, one for single-DIN (Deutsche Industrie Norm — the industry standard stereo size started by the Germans in the ’80s) and one for double-DIN setups.
The single-DIN unit is mostly for older cars, such as sixties and seventies cars. It features a small 3.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay capability. There are also two knobs flanking the screen with six additional buttons, three on either side. So it looks just like a stereo from the ’60s. Just, ya know, with a touchscreen.
As for the double-DIN unit, it fits a much larger touchscreen with some knobs as well. It also gets Apple CarPlay but it adds Android Auto as well. The double-DIN unit fits cars like the 996-generation 911 and newer Porsche models.
This is very cool and could work well in older Audis of all kinds. Car collectors with such vintage models as the Audi Ur Quattro and RS2 Avant could go for the single-DIN model and newer cars like the B5 RS4 and C6 Audi RS6 could go for the double-DIN unit.
Admittedly, there are some aftermarket solutions for this exact problem. Blaupunkt most famously offers retro-looking head units for classic cars that provide Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay. For many collectors, though, aftermarket just won’t do. So having an official brand option is nice.
It’s not cheap, mind you. Porsche’s prices range from $1,500 to $1,745, which is frankly a bit ridiculous. However, if Audi were to make a version, it could be a bit cheaper. Porsche isn’t famous for offering anything at fair prices and its clientele base isn’t known for caring. Audi, however, would have the ability to make such a thing more affordable.
[Source: Car and Driver]