Unbeknownst to us – and until very recently, the rest of the motoring world – Porsche applied for two distinct trademarks when attempting to secure the “GT4” moniker for its track-oriented hot Cayman model. The UK’s Autocar reports that in August of 2014, the German marque filed for trademarks in Germany not only for the alphanumeric “GT4,” but for “GT5,” as well.
And that revelation, of course, has us all in a tizzy.
The Porsche trademark for “GT5” has already been granted in Germany, it should be noted. The automaker since applied for the same rights with the European PTO in January of this year, says Autocar.
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First off, the Porsche trademark filing for the “GT5” name is puzzling because unlike “GT3” and “GT4,” that alphanumeric sequence has never denoted an official class of racing vehicle. Second, the performance gap between GTS and GT4 – or between GTS and “Spyder,” for the Boxster – is mighty slim; it’s hard to picture anything slotting in between the two. And third, the first point we made in this paragraph, again.
Now, it’s not uncommon for automakers to grab up any closely related monikers to those that they actually intend to use; since there had already been a Porsche trademark on the “GT3” name, it’s not unfathomable that the automaker decided to also snatch up “GT5” to cover their bases, and dissuade rivals from ripping off their formula.
Somehow, we get the sense that this may not be the case here; we feel that the wizards in Stuttgart could have every intention of actually using the new Porsche trademark on a road-going vehicle.
So, the question remains: what car will wear the “GT5” badge?