Porsche and Honda Debut All-New CarPlay Compatible Sports Cars

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Porsche and Honda today each announced new sports cars that will be compatible with Apple's CarPlay infotainment system. In its unveiling, Porsche detailed the all-new 2018 911 GT3 street-legal sports car with a 4.0 liter flat-six engine that produces up to 500 horsepower -- an engine based on the one used in all of Porsche's 911 race cars.


Other than CarPlay, the Porsche 911 GT3 has a navigation system that can detail real-time traffic information, and the vehicle's diagnostics can connect to the Porsche Track Precision App [Direct Link]. On a connected smartphone, drivers can analyze and record various pieces of data, like steering angle and braking pressure.

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R, which the company referred to as "one of the most anticipated models in its history," has a similar sports car build and marks the first Type R Honda model to be sold in the United States. The new Type R shares the style of the automaker's 5-door hatchback with a boost in performance, including a 4-cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower.

"The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We're happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over!"
The 2017 Civic Type R will come with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that has Honda Navigation embedded in it, along with compatibility for both CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda also mentioned that the included 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system will be able to drown out the vehicle's engine.

In terms of pricing and availability, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is scheduled to debut at U.S. dealerships in fall 2017 at a base MSRP of $143,600. The Honda Civic Type R is launching sometime in late spring 2017 with an MSRP in the mid-$30,000 range. Both suggested retail prices exclude the usual $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

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RightMACatU

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Correct me if I'm wrong but 306 HP on the front wheels, no thanks. As for Carplay... good for them. Moving on with my day.
 

960design

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CarPlay and RealTime traffic in a GTR3? Cranking up a little "Life on Mars" and checking traffic on the track seems to be exactly what I may be missing.
 

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Call my tastes juvenile but I really want that Civic.
I am not typically a Honda Fan, besides the NSX and S2000, I find the rest to be somewhat boring. But, considering the Type R Civic is coming to the US, it is hard not to be curious about it.

I am happy that Honda is starting to embrace turbochargers, hopefully more of their future line up will offer turbos.
I wouldn't call the Civic a sports car. Maybe to a 16 year old boy. :rolleyes:
Some might say the same about the car in my avatar photo. I have never been a fan of the Civic, but it is hard to dismiss the Type R with the things I have been reading about it.

Correct me if I'm wrong but 306 HP on the front wheels, no thanks. As for Carplay... good for them. Moving on with my day.
This part kind of sucks, as I would of rather have AWD, or RWD, but I would the RWD would ever happen on the Civic.

306 HP on a small, light weight car like the Civic would be very fun, FWD or not.

Also, the Type R only comes in manual trans. With so many car companies dropping the manuals, or reducing it to the just the base model, this is something to be happy about.
 

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As a 911 Turbo owner, I couldn't even imagine Apple CarPlay in a GT3. The GT3 is the ultimate weapon for fast driving and you had better be paying attention to what you're doing at all times. Running a naturally aspirated flat 6 to 9000 rpm is all the CarPlay you would possibly need.
 

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The adoption of CarPlay is just pathetic.
You clearly know little about the process of car manufacturing and development cycles.
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As a 911 Turbo owner, I couldn't even imagine Apple CarPlay in a GT3. The GT3 is the ultimate weapon for fast driving and you had better be paying attention to what you're doing at all times. Running a naturally aspirated flat 6 to 9000 rpm is all the CarPlay you would possibly need.
You don't use satnav?
 

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You clearly know little about the process of car manufacturing and development cycles.
I know that I bought a new Chrysler Pacifica with their UConnect 8.4 system, and it will be firmware upgradeable to support CarPlay on "some models" this year, just not mine. I clearly know enough about the process of car manufacturing to know that it sucks compared to other computer products.

But really though, your reply comes off as "If only you weren't such an ignorant moron, you'd be HAPPY that your brand new $35,000 minivan will never have CarPlay!"
 
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The adoption of CarPlay is just pathetic.
Car manufacturers don't really care about CP or AA. They care about their own infotainment offerings. Since CP and AA are just glorified interface overlays, there's really no big impetus to adopt them. Fair or not, it is what it is. Personally, I think Apple needs to take a page out of Google's book and make a CarPlay app for the iPhone. AA can be driven from the car's screen if it's enabled or directly from the phone if AA isn't enabled. It would benefit those with older cars and those who want new cars that aren't CP enabled.
 

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Why not just mount an iPad rather than using all these FrankenTainment systems?
 

DeepIn2U

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I wouldn't call the Civic a sports car. Maybe to a 16 year old boy. :rolleyes:
Exactly!

Bring back the Prelude! honda screwed up. Why was it killed?!

Type R was on the Integra ... bascially a new body for Civic in 96!
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Car manufacturers don't really care about CP or AA. They care about their own infotainment offerings. Since CP and AA are just glorified interface overlays, there's really no big impetus to adopt them. Fair or not, it is what it is. Personally, I think Apple needs to take a page out of Google's book and make a CarPlay app for the iPhone. AA can be driven from the car's screen if it's enabled or directly from the phone if AA isn't enabled. It would benefit those with older cars and those who want new cars that aren't CP enabled.
But that would:

a) defeat the purpose of not holding your hand while driving and
b) lead to expensive trafficking tickets and demerit points deducted.
passengers your suggestion would fit ... but honestly I don't drivers have cross the river of allowing your passengers control what music everyone in the car is listening to ;)
 

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But that would:

a) defeat the purpose of not holding your hand while driving and
b) lead to expensive trafficking tickets and demerit points deducted.
passengers your suggestion would fit ... but honestly I don't drivers have cross the river of allowing your passengers control what music everyone in the car is listening to ;)
A simple car phone mount solves all the issues you mentioned.;):cool:
 

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Why not just mount an iPad rather than using all these FrankenTainment systems?
Prior to CarPlay, I was seriously considering mounting an iPad Mini to the Dash in my MR2 in place of a headunit. The Mini fits almost perfectly and would have required very little modification to get it to work.

I even bought an iPad Mini for this purpose, and started to make measurements and plan out how to attack the project.

This was right before CarPlay was announced. I thought it would have been much easier to get a CP headunit than have to do all the modifications to my dash, so I scrapped the iPad Mini dash mount plans.

Fast forward a few years, and after using CP with two different head units, I have been mostly disappointed with my experience.

I expected a little more from it, and now having used it, I would never pay extra for it.
 

symphara

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The new Porsche infotainment system is really nice - what the article doesn't say is that the real time map is Google Maps, with satellite view.

I don't care in the slightest about CarPlay, I wish they included Android Auto.
 

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Call my tastes juvenile but I really want that Civic.
Haha this made me laugh!
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The adoption of CarPlay is just pathetic.
Agreed. Part of the reason i held out buying a new car for the past two years was because I assumed Carplay would have reached critical mass by now, yet there is still only about 1 model availalbe from a select range of brands
 
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69Mustang

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Prior to CarPlay, I was seriously considering mounting an iPad Mini to the Dash in my MR2 in place of a headunit. The Mini fits almost perfectly and would have required very little modification to get it to work.

I even bought an iPad Mini for this purpose, and started to make measurements and plan out how to attack the project.

This was right before CarPlay was announced. I thought it would have been much easier to get a CP headunit than have to do all the modifications to my dash, so I scrapped the iPad Mini dash mount plans.

Fast forward a few years, and after using CP with two different head units, I have been mostly disappointed with my experience.

I expected a little more from it, and now having used it, I would never pay extra for it.
If Apple released a CarPlay app (like Android Auto), the mini would be the perfect screen.
 

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As a 911 Turbo owner, I couldn't even imagine Apple CarPlay in a GT3. The GT3 is the ultimate weapon for fast driving and you had better be paying attention to what you're doing at all times. Running a naturally aspirated flat 6 to 9000 rpm is all the CarPlay you would possibly need.
My GT2 could use CarPlay.
 
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