A repeat client of Ralph’s Radio recently contacted our team to inquire about upgrading his 2013 Maserati GranTurismo with a new stereo system, a radar detector and a remote car starter. The inquiry started with the client asking about upgrading the technology in the car to include Apple CarPlay. The owner spends a lot of time in the car and wanted a way to safely communicate with his colleagues. After showing the client a few new radio options, he asked about the other upgrades we offer. We put together a complete technology enhancement package for the client that would make his car as modern as something that rolled out of a showroom today.
GranTurismo Apple CarPlay and Speaker Upgrade
The client chose a Pioneer AVIC-W8500NEX source unit. This radio features a 7-inch touchscreen and includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. A SiriusXM SXV300V1C satellite radio tuner and a Rydeen CM-HD4 backup camera were added to the radio. With the radio integrated into the dash, we set to work installing a set of Focal ES 165 KX2 speakers in the front doors along with a layer of SoundMat deadening material. The deadening material reduces noise transfer into the vehicle to make it more comfortable and improve the performance of the audio system. A Focal FDP-6.900 amplifier powers the speakers.
Maserati Radar Detector and Laser Defense
The second upgrade we installed was an Escort MAX 360C radar detector. This portable detector is mounted on the windshield and is hardwired into the vehicle with all the cabling concealed. We added an Escort ZW5 laser shifter system to protect the owner from police lidar systems. The ZW5 integrates with the MAX and, if desired, with the client’s smartphone using the Escort Live application.
Compustar Remote Car Starter
Finally, we added Compustar FT 7000AS remote starter and security system to the vehicle for added convenience and protection. A DroneMobile DR-3400 telematics interface allows the client to lock, unlock and remote start the vehicle using an app on his iPhone. He can also use the integrated GPS antenna in the DroneMobile module to monitor the location of the vehicle.
Vancouver’s Mobile Electronics Experts
We hand-delivered the vehicle back to the client after ensuring that everything functioned flawlessly. We reviewed the features of each upgrade and let the client know our team was always available to answer any questions he had. He was thrilled with the results. If you are interested in an upgrade package like the radar detector, remote starter and sound system we installed on this Maserati GranTurismo, please visit Ralph’s Radio in Vancouver or Victoria. You can also reach us by email using our online form.