Porsche's latest innovation; why aren't more manufacturers doing this?
Porsche's latest bright idea is one that no one saw coming, yet we can't believe it hasn't been done before. Will other manufacturers follow suit?
Whenever Porsche puts their mind to something the end result is usually guaranteed to be special. Generally, this is seen in their mechanical engineering and intuitive technology that goes along with it, however this latest idea is something we never saw coming, but we love it!
The Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) system is a solution to a problem that has been a pet peeve of many a car owner as digital technology increasingly takes a commanding role in our lives. In our opinion, there's nothing worse than seeing beautiful cars such as classic 911's fitted with cheap and tacky looking modern head units. Thankfully, because of Porsche's ingenuity and knack for design, owners of the company's older cars no longer need to look to distasteful aftermarket brands to bring their car digitally up to date.
PCCM Plus shown in a 996 911 Photo: Porsche
Essentially a modern infotainment system designed to fit inside the dash of previous generation models, the PCCM offers a broad range of functionality including Apple Car Play, DAB+, navigation including 3D maps and traffic message channel (TMC) and other more basic functions such as bluetooth audio playback.
At present, Porsche offers two versions of the system; PCCM and PCCM Plus. The former is a small DIN-1 slot unit with a 3.5 inch display designed for classic 911's as old as the F model from 1964 all the way up to 993's from the late 90's. On the other hand, PCCM Plus is a larger DIN-2 slot unit that features a 7 inch display and is designed primarily to fit 996 911's and 986 Boxster's. Both systems utilise a touchscreen interface and have the same level of functionality, however PCCM Plus includes Android Auto in addition to Apple Car Play.
PCCM Box Contents Photo: Porsche
While the technology itself is brilliant, the real allure of PCCM is how exceptionally well Porsche have matched the design of the system with their older models so that it seamlessly blends in with its surrounds and looks as though it was a factory fitted component, which in a way, it is. Attention has also been given to the integration of PCCM with cars existing systems such as speakers and amplifiers, so everything works flawlessly.
This idea of bringing iconic older cars technologically up to date is something we can't believe has only just been officially addressed by a manufacturer for the first time, and we'd love to see other car company's come up with their own renditions of this technology.
Seeing cars like the Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 or even older BMW M cars and Mercedes-AMG's with gaudy looking Japanese head units that have flashing lights and generic designs is never a nice feeling, yet it seems the solution is a relatively simple (and likely highly profitable) one.
PCCM and PCCM Plus Comparison Photo: Porsche
If you're thinking that Porsche owners tend to be the kind of people who are more concerned with minor details like this than most, you'd probably be right. However, we're sure that there is a large potential market for units such as this sold by other manufacturers, would you agree?