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How Did Your Favorite Porsche Get its Name?

Porsche Model Names and What They Mean  

If you are looking to buy a new Porsche, you will notice that Porsche’s lineup has some interesting names. However, did you know that these names have a deeper meaning? Do you want to know how your favorite Porsche got its name? Join us at Porsche Santa Clarita in Santa Clarita, CA, as we unravel the meaning of some of the most popular vehicles in Porsche’s star-studded lineup.  



Porsche 718 Boxster  

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The Porsche 718 Boxster derives its name by combining the words “Boxer” in reference to its Boxer engine (called so because each pair of pistons moves in and out like a boxer’s gloves) and “Roadster,” owing to the sports car’s punchy roadster design.   

Porsche 911 Carrera  

Side view of a silver 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera driving on a road

The Carrera is synonymous with the Porsche 911 in modern times. Originally the name of Type 547 four-camshaft engine designed by Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann, the Carrera name comes from the Spanish word for “race.” The name also commemorates the success of Porsche at the Carrera Panamericana – the famous Mexican border endurance race where Porsche achieved great success in the 1950s.  


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Porsche 911 Targa  

2021 Porsche 911 Targa side view

Instantly recognizable for its convertible design, the 911 Targa debuted in 1965 as the open-top version of the 911 with a distinctive roll-over bar and innovative roof concept. Although the word “Targa” means plate or plaque in Italian, the Porsche Targa’s name is inspired by the legendary Sicilian Road race called the “Targa Florio.” 

Porsche Cayenne  

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The Porsche Cayenne debuted in 2002 as Porsche’s first-ever SUV, so it was evident Porsche had to come up with a name for it with a bit of a kick to it. Porsche went with Cayenne, named after the piquant cayenne pepper – a bold and relevant choice for the powerhouse SUV with a fiery nature.  

Porsche Cayman 

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Just like its zesty engine, the Porsche Cayman comes with a name with a real bite. It derives its snappy title from the “caiman” – a crocodilian found primarily in South America. Launched in 2006 as a stand-alone sports car, the Cayman now sits under the 718 umbrella as the Porsche 718 Cayman.   

Porsche Macan  

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Another popular and uniquely named Porsche, the Macan, was initially rumored to be called the “Porsche Cajun” after the Cajun community of Southern Louisiana. However, the compact SUV was launched as the Porsche Macan, with the word “Macan” referring to the Indonesian and Malaysian term for tiger.   

Porsche Panamera  

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As some may have guessed, the Porsche Panamera derives its name from the “Panamerica,” a highway on which the legendary Carrera Panamericana race occurred in the 1950s.

Porsche Taycan  

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As the first all-electric Porsche, this sports car deserved a name worthy of its electrifying qualities, so Porsche decided to call it Taycan. The word “Taycan” comes from the merging of two terms of Turkic origin which translate roughly to “the soul of a spirited young horse.” The word even has some positive associations across other languages. For instance, the Japanese word “taikan” means “physical experience” – something you won’t fail to notice once you get behind the wheel of the Taycan. 


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