PCM is available on request for both Boxster models. As the central information and communications system, it can be used for many different applications and its ergonomic design makes it easy and comfortable to operate.
The main feature is the 6.5-inch colour touchscreen with a durable, easy-to-clean coating. Functional, innovative and easy to use, you will find the display very clearly presented and a maximum of five list entries per page enable you to operate the unit quickly and safely. Alternatively, you can also operate the PCM using conventional button controls.
Radio functions include up to 42 memory presets and an FM dual tuner with RDS and frequency diversity, which continuously scans in the background for the best signal.
The integrated single CD/DVD drive – in combination with the optional BOSE® Surround Sound System – is also able to play back music from audio and video DVDs in the 5.1 discrete surround format. An integrated six-disc CD/DVD autochanger with MP3 compatibility is also available as an option for the PCM.
The GPS navigation module included with the optional PCM now has an internal hard drive containing maps for most European countries.
A touchscreen enables rapid destination input and instant viewing of traffic information and points of interest (POIs) by simply allowing you to touch the symbols on the map. Route diversions, e.g. the nearest service stations, can therefore be incorporated quickly and easily into the current route guidance.
When viewing a map, it is possible to select between a 3D perspective and the 2D display. At motorway exits, graphical turn indications are displayed for better orientation. In splitscreen mode, you can choose to display not only the current map overview, but also a list of icons that represent dynamic route guidance.
The optional electronic logbook enables automatic recording of relevant driving data. Once you have downloaded the logbooks via Bluetooth® or the optional USB interface, you can evaluate them on your home PC using the software supplied (software complies with all statutory requirements for automatic logbooks as specified by the German revenue authorities).
A TV tuner, available as a option, receives free-to-air analogue and digital broadcasts (DVB-T) and provides entertainment between journeys. For your safety, the TV picture cannot be displayed while the vehicle is in motion.
Almost all of the functions of the PCM can be controlled using the latest optional voice control system with word-by-word input. The menu item is read aloud exactly as it is displayed on the screen and the voice control system recognises commands or sequences of numbers, whoever the speaker. It then gives an audible acknowledgement and carries out the functions you request. There is no need to ‘train’ the system.
Available as an option, the quadband GSM telephone module offers convenience and excellent reception. Hands-free calls can be made by inserting a SIM card directly into the PCM’s integral SIM card reader. And for even more convenience, the Bluetooth® capability of a mobile phone can be used to make calls through the SIM Access Profile (SAP). Once automatic pairing is complete, the mobile phone’s aerial is switched off to conserve battery charge and the phone operates via the car aerial. Depending on the type of mobile phone, this gives access not only to the numbers on the SIM card, but also to the phone’s internal memory.
The mobile phone can also be controlled, depending on the model, by means of the PCM, the optional multifunction steering wheel or the optional voice control system, without it ever leaving your pocket.
In addition, the telephone module can be used to enable a Bluetooth® connection for those mobile phones that only support the Handsfree Profile (HFP). Here, the GSM connection is established through the aerial of the mobile phone. The PCM acts as the hands-free system and the mobile phone can remain stowed away.
A cordless handset is also available for the telephone module. However, this cannot be used for Bluetooth® calls via the Handsfree Profile (HFP).
* Mobile phone preparation: The use of a mobile phone inside a car may cause an increase in the interior electromagnetic field strength and, accordingly, in the electromagnetic radiation to which passengers are exposed. The use of the telephone module for PCM via Bluetooth® SAP connection or with the SIM card inserted prevents exposure to electromagnetic radiation as only the car’s external aerial is ever used.
For information on compatible mobile phones, please contact your Porsche Centre.
Telephone module in HFP mode: The use of a mobile phone inside a car may cause an increase in the interior electromagnetic field strength and, accordingly, in the electromagnetic radiation to which passengers are exposed. The use of the telephone module for PCM via Bluetooth® SAP connection or with the SIM card inserted prevents exposure to electromagnetic radiation as only the car’s external aerial is ever used.