For years, Porsche has been offering upgrades to its classic models, adding modern conveniences like navigation and even smartphone-connected entire infotainment systems that support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Previously, such systems were limited to the 911 from the early 1960s up to the 996 generation, and some front- and mid-engine sports cars. However, Porsche on Thursday introduced a new version that supports more models. The automaker hasn’t announced U.S. pricing, but in Europe, the system is priced at 1,520.37 euros (about $1,645).

The new system supports the 997-generation 911 from the 2005-2008 model years, as well as the 987-generation Boxster and Cayman from the same model year. They also support the first generation Cayenne from model year 2003-2008.

Porsche is also offering region-specific systems for the first time. For example, the system in the US and Canada supports satellite radio and maps with Porsche-specific points of interest.

Retrofitting infotainment systems for classic Porsche models

The dual-DIN system features a 7.0-inch touchscreen and exterior panels designed to match the interior of the model in which it is installed. They also do not affect existing components such as amplifiers, speakers or antennas, and the navigation display in the instrument cluster on some models continues to function as originally designed.

Crucially for many buyers, the system supports Apple CarPlay (starting with the iPhone 5) and Android Auto for media playback, navigation and calls.

In the case of Apple CarPlay, the system could eventually take over the entire dashboard of a hitherto unspecified vehicle. Apple previewed a next-generation version of CarPlay last summer that would display its own information not only on the infotainment screen, but also on the instrument cluster. So far, no automaker has said it plans to integrate.

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