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Radio on that older Porsche 911 busted, or simply looking to infuse some new tech into that classic? Well, here’s how you can add modern into the old, but keep it all picture perfect.

The novelty is a single-DIN navigation radio system developed by Porsche Classic, the automaker’s classic vehicle maintenance arm. The purpose-built unit, which features two rotary knobs and six selection buttons, is styled to blend in with older Porsche rides, but is otherwise a thoroughly modern affair.

Aside from the usual tuner and built-in amplification, there’s a touchscreen 3.5-inch colour display, navigation, phone connectivity via Bluetooth as well as a microSD slot. The classic radio not only has a built-in microphone but also comes with an external microphone.

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The unit’s integrated amplifier is a 45 watt, four-channel unit, and can be connected either directly to the loudspeakers or to the original sound system using an optional adapter cable. Radio reception. meanwhile, has been optimised for the built-in aerial originally supplied with the car.

Elsewhere, the navigation unit has been trialled extensively in Europe to test out country-specific navigation. The maps for the system are stored on a microSD card – with its own dedicated slot – with eight gigabytes of memory, and these are updated regularly, the company says.

It’s compatible with a wide range of 911s, from those from the 1960s right up to the last of the air-cooled 911s (the 993 series from the mid-90s), and the workable list includes earlier front-engine and mid-engine models. In Germany, the new navigation radio goes for 1,184 euro (RM4,890).