Porsche has updated its logo as it begins to push into a new era of electrification and design.
Porsche cars will now come with a new-look logo unless of course you are a Porsche Classic customer and want the old look. And you’d need to have a close look to spot the difference sin the new emblem anyway.
Porsche has announced a revised logo as it celebrates its 75th anniversary, with a revised design and subtle colour changes intended to “bridge the history and future of the brand”.
The new 2023 Porsche Panamera will be the first car to wear the German firm’s new crest, with dealerships switching to the new identity around the same time.
Porsche said the new logo was designed to be “instantly recognisable” while bridging the gap between the history and future of the brand.
It apparently has a “more substantial silhouette” than today’s crest, which arrived in 2014 as an evolution of the emblem that Porsche has used since 1952.
This was achieved over an “intensive” three-year design process that involved widening the top, narrowing the bottom, recessing some elements and raising some others for a more three-dimensional design.
The colours employed have also been subtly changed over the old logo (pictured above right), with the gold being given a darker tinge.
The lettering has also been updated with a simpler typeface and thinner font. Porsche says this makes it look “a lot more modern and yet still keeps a traditional touch”.
A similar approach has been made to the antlers (which are taken from the Stuttgart region’s coat of arms).
Also, the red bands now features a honeycomb structure to symbolise the lightweight construction of Porsche’s sports cars, containing subtle different shades of red to give the hexagonal shapes a 3D effect. The web of honeycomb itself is in a slightly lighter tone than the walls of the hexagons.
The horse in the centre – which originated as Stuttgart’s city mascot – has been made to look “more dynamic and more angry”, with the designers trying to give it more of a “thoroughbred” appearance, while the ‘Stuttgart’ lettering above it has been reinstated in black.
“When we presented the crest, there was always the desire to actually feel it and not only look at it. The effect it has, not just as a graphic but as a 3D piece, was a very strong focus,” said Matthias Kulla, Porsche’s director of design management for its sports car programmes.
Chief marketing officer Robert Ader said: “The Porsche crest is an unmistakable symbol and simultaneously a central element of our brand identity. For this reason, the new crest became the occasion for us to rework our corporate design.
“We will be using the crest in a more targeted way to underline emotional highlights. At the same time, the Porsche lettering will gain even greater significance.”
When asked about how much customer feedback influenced the design of the new crest, Porsche design boss Michael Mauer said: “Despite being a global brand, you should never be so arrogant not to listen to customers. On the other hand, you have to be very clear to come to a clear brand identity that is attractive and desirable but is also differentiating between other brands. It’s always a combination, but at the end of the day, it’s our decision and wasn’t initiated by customer feedback.”
Customers with classic Porsches looking for the original version of the firm’s crest can still order it.