Braking system. Car brake disks with different perforations and calipers isolated on white background. 3d illustration

Ever wonder why some cars have different colored brake calipers? For most manufacturers, it is a way to signify some sort of performance oriented vehicle with strong braking capability. However, the designers and engineers over at Porsche actually have a meaning behind each shade of color. Here are Porsche’s coolest colors and what they mean!

1.) Yellow – Not many cars feature yellow brake calipers and I am grateful that it exists in the Porsche lineup. The yellow calipers represent the highest end brakes available. Along with carbon ceramic rotors, the yellow has the least fade resistance due to the ability to absorb heat at a higher and more consistent temperature.

2.) Green/Acid Green – This one is easy, green is meant to signify hybrid vehicles such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Since “green” is synonymous with the environment, it is only right to have green calipers. Most of the hybridized vehicles in Porsche’s lineup will have green stenciling for the badging as well. Nice to see that being eco-friendly can look so cool.


3.) Red – This one is nothing new. Many manufacturers put red calipers on their vehicles to represent strong braking capability and Porsche is no stranger to that. Red shows the first big upgrade that is usually included in “S” models.

4.) Silver = Very similar to red, the silver is also the first upgrade over stock brakes. However, the silver is reserved for SUVs and wagons such as the Macan, Panamera, and Cayenne.

5.) Black – In the world of Porsche, black calipers represents the entry level brakes across the lineup. I commend Porsche for this because most car manufacturers leave the basic metal look for their entry level cars. Do not fret if you drive or want a Porsche that has black calipers. Although it is entry level, all Porsches have outstanding stopping ability.


So what is the coolest brake color you have seen on a car?