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Last Thursday evening I left my tiger at the dealership I bought it from to have Apple CarPlay and S+ retrofitted, now that both upgrades have officially been released.

Yesterday I picked it up in the afternoon, and it all works nicely. We had a brief scare when my phone would not bring CarPlay up on the PCM display, but we finally figured out that it was an issue with my (non-Apple) cable. We used a Porsche lightning cable (which I had also bought during my visit at the dealership) and it worked wonderfully, for anyone interested. Just be aware that this retrofit is just adding the Apple CarPlay functionality; it's not (or in my case it has not been) a full Connect retrofit. The Sport Plus button also does what it's supposed to do, and the retrofit also adds the SC screens on the main display and on the MFD. At the same time they also updated the PCM software to the newest release; very nice of them.

Whereas CarPlay is very nice and useful, the S+ button just transforms the car. I think I have mentioned a couple of times that in my GTS I was missing that kick in the back I had experienced when testing the turbo back in the day before buying the GTS sight unseen, and I thought it was down to the additional displacement, horsepower and torque, but now with S+ I also feel that kick on acceleration when PDK shifts gears, and even if the car may not be much faster, it definitely feels faster; totally another beast. I start to understand those who say that once you try S+, Sport becomes the new "normal".

For the sake of completeness of my report, I had a pretty well optioned Macan S as a loaner (full black leather, SC, pano roof, PSE...), and my salesman is such a nice person that he left me a little note with a chocolate to "sweeten up my pitstop", as he wrote. Talk about customer service!

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In the other thread some have it said it makes the PSE louder. On the Porsche website it makes no mention of this, and it wouldnt make much sense it if did (bypass is open or closed). Though maybe the more agressive throttle response makes it seem louder...
 

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I do not hear any change on the exhaust note at idle between S and S+.
I do hear a noticeable PSE sound difference in S+ under full acceleration, not on idle.

BTW, I see that you too opted for the Aluminum Sports PDK shifter. I think it is really nice and love mine :D
 

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To get CarPlay from Porsche on a MY16 you have to replace the PCM with the MY17 PCM. The upgrade is available from Suncoast but it ain't cheep.

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I do hear a noticeable PSE sound difference in S+ under full acceleration, not on idle.

BTW, I see that you too opted for the Aluminum Sports PDK shifter. I think it is really nice and love mine :D
Of course, but that's not a difference on the PSE; that's just the engine revving up higher than in Sport.

Alas, the aluminium shifter... that's a picture I took of the note & chocolate I found on the loaner on Thursday night, when I picked it up. My GTS has the standard shifter, and I agree with you that the optional shifter is much nicer.
 

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Good to know about the Carplay retrofit. I'll have to look into that. I'm pretty happy with Waze, but it would be nice to have.
 

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How is the retrofit kit for carplay different than if you order carplay from the factory? Does it include the voice lever/button....etc.?
 

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I was under the impression that CarPlay can only be added when ordering the vehicle with Connect or Connect Plus.

What does the retrofit involve? Is it just a (paid) software update, or is there any additional hardware installed by the dealer?

Does anyone know if this retrofit is available in the US and what the approximate cost is?
 

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Hi, looked on the Suncoast site and couldn't find a 4.0 unit to replace my 3.1 on 2016 S. Can you give further details? Thanks.
 

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I just looked and couldn't find it either. I'm pretty sure I had seen it a few months ago, but I could be mistaken. I would give them a call tomorrow.

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Interested in the PCM potential swap as well. Wonder what would happen around warranty ? If you swapped from 3.1 to 4.0.
I bet Porche would not honor it.....leaving that to Suncoast I guess? Hmmmm
 

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I see the sports + upgrade...but like others see no upgrade to add connect or replace an older pcm with pcm 4


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Just wondering, what function of Apple CarPlay do you use the most? Just curious.
Siri activated directions and navigation a lot. If I get a text message, Siri reads it for me and asks me to reply, which I mostly do. Of course, cell phone calling and answering. When calling I invoke my iPhone contact list using Siri. If there is more than one phone number for a contact, Siri asks and you chose by answering.
 

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I see the sports + upgrade...but like others see no upgrade to add connect or replace an older pcm with pcm 4
The dealer didn't add Connect; just CarPlay. When I get the invoice I'll be able to tell the part# (if shown on the bill). According to the dealer, CarPlay as a retrofit is officially available since December, so if someone having a car with PCM 4 is interested, I'd just give a call to the Porsche dealership.
 

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The dealer didn't add Connect; just CarPlay. When I get the invoice I'll be able to tell the part# (if shown on the bill). According to the dealer, CarPlay as a retrofit is officially available since December, so if someone having a car with PCM 4 is interested, I'd just give a call to the Porsche dealership.
Please post the "part" price when you get it. Just wondering if it's cheaper than ordering connect which is essentially car play and some relatively useless applications (IMHO) from Porsche.

Did the dealer install the "voice" button on the end of the turn signal stalk to activate SIRI when you want it or is the only way to activate SIRI using your voice?
 
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