The trend of cars with red brake calipers began with high-end cars like Porsches in the 90s.
Then I remember seeing a blue Ferrari 360 Modena sporting red brake calipers in 2001. And from there it seems like the trend just took off.
It was a signifier of equal parts high-performance and wealth in that you could afford to buy a car with red brake calipers.
Brembo was the first brake company to offer red brake calipers if I remember correctly as they’re a manufacturer of big performance brakes.
The red caliper trend waned as new colors were introduced and because of the bad reputation of poorly painted red calipers.
But red is still my favorite color for brake calipers. Checkout this exciting list of cool high-end cars with red brake calipers.
1. Porsche 718 Cayman
Did you know that there’s a meaning behind the color of a brake caliper on a Porsche?
The company has always taken brake development seriously. Porsche offers several types of brakes across its model range.
Each system gets its own unique color. Red (as well as Silver) represent an S model Porsche. Typically, the 718, 911, Taycan and Panemera get red calipers.
While the Macan and Cayenne get silver. Both colors represent a first-tier brake upgrade.
2. Ferrari 458 Italia
The 458 Italia replaced the F430 as Ferrari’s entry-level model, even wining Car of the Year 2009 and Supercar of the Year.
Ferrari’s Genuine accessories catalog lets you personalize your 455 with brakes from various colors including: Nero Lucido, Gaiallo Modena, Allumino, Grigio Scuro, Blu, Oro, Rosso Corsa and Rosso Scuderia which are both red colors.
3. Chevrolet Corvette C8
If you think I’m the only one on the planet that still favors cars with red brake calipers.
As of right now, the 2023 Corvette Stingray and 2023 Corvette Z06 are no longer available to order with the optional Edge Red painted brake calipers.
GM is attributing this to the industry wide supplier constraint.
4. BMW E92 M3
Apparently, BMW now offers brake calipers in Tornado Red for your E90 and E92.
They’re manufactured by BMW, so you know you’re getting genuine article parts.
Like the fourth generation Toyota 4Runner, what makes the E92 special is that it’s the only M3 to come with a V8.
5. Lamborghini Aventador
I wonder if Ferruccio Lamborghini knew just how big a wave he was going to make when he set on to build his own car after being insulted by Enzo Ferrari.
The Lamborghini Aventador needs no introduction.
But if you want your brake calipers dipped in red, you have to pay extra because red is Ferrari’s signature color.
6. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
If you want your Mercedes to come with factory red calipers, you’ll have to opt for an AMG car like this SLS AMG.
AMG brake calipers are also designed for high-performance sedans, station wagons and coupes to handle high speeds and stop the car in the shortest distance with precision. Just so long as its an AMG.
7. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a car that we’ve been anticipating since Alfa Romeo made its return to the United States.
It has a 510 HP 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. And big Brembo brakes to bring the ruckus to a halt. And indeed, as with most cars from Italy, it-is-stunning.
Brembo offers to types of brakes for the Giulia Quadrifoglio: the High-performance Brembo brake system and the Ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon ceramic if you want the best.
Both sets of calipers come with the iconic Alfa Romeo signature.
And you can order them in vivacious yellow with black logo, aggressive black with red writing and the unmistakable Brembo red with white writing.
8. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
The Evo X will be the final Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
It’s a rally inspired, turbocharged, all-wheel drive and finely tuned automobile that got it start in 1992.
Based on the Lancer sedan, its Mitsubishi’s flagship sports car. Each generation is designated by a roman numeral.
The latest Evo is the Evo X. Ksportusa.com is offering the all new Ksport Dualcomp Mitsubishi EVO 10 Big Brake Kit for just over $3,000.
And among the different color calipers you can get is red.