We’re talking about OCD to the fullest

There’s something to be said about attention to detail, and we’re all for it – especially when we’re talking about cars that venture across the six-figure barrier or even the seven-figure barrier. But, at what point to attention to detail become an OCD problem or, even worse, arrogance? Well, we’re not really here to argue that, but we are here to tell you that Porsche is so anal about its cars that the center caps in each wheel have to be aligned in a certain way. We’re not even kidding, folks. Get a load of this.

Porsche Wheel Crest Alignment – OCD or Worse?

2020 Porsche 911
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Note: I bet this picture really pisses off someone at Porsche

Apparently, there’s a very specific way that the center car – the one with the Porsche crest – has to be aligned on each wheel. Now, this is something that we’ve never noticed and, apparently, neither has anyone else. Hell, I’ll even go so far as to say that I’ve made it a point to align center caps on my own vehicle so that all sit the same, but the folks over at Porsche take it to a whole new level. A writer from Jalopnik learned just that while attending a Porsche event.

As the story goes, Justin Westbrook was snapping photos of vehicles at a recent Porsche event and decided he wanted to make the Porsche crest on the center cap of each wheel sit vertically – you know, for symmetry in photos. Well, it didn’t take very long before he found out that Porsche never does such a thing and frowns upon it so bad that a representative jumped it to not only say something but correct the position of the center cap. Seriously; Porsche took such offense that it had to be corrected immediately.

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Naturally, an explanation as requested and, according to the story, Porsche always aligns the center caps in one specific way.

The tip of the crest always points to the locking locknut, which is, coincidentally, aligned perfectly with the valve stem of each wheel.

If you don’t believe it, just take a look at a few of the pictures we’ve placed below – they all really do lineup up in exactly that fashion. Who knows how long this has really been a thing, but it really makes you wonder just how far this OCD goes. We even took a look at some photos we took at various auto shows and, sure enough, the story holds true:

2020 Porsche 911 Wheel Center Cap Alignment

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2020 Porsche 911
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2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T Wheel Center Cap Alignment

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T
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2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T
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2020 Porsche Macan S Wheel Center Cap Alignment

2020 Porsche Macan S
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2020 Porsche Macan S
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2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS Wheel Center Cap Alignment

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS Exterior
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Final Thoughts

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS High Resolution Exterior
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I had to admit that, at first, I didn’t believe something so anal-retentive could actually be true, and yet here we are – the proof is in the pudding. Well, the photos, but you get the idea. After going back to shots I took in 2014 or 2015 of the Cayenne GTS, I gave up on trying to disprove this much OCD. It really seems to be true.

Now, we’re talking about an overly premium brand, so it’s pretty cool to know that the company pays serious attention to detail, but I think this might be going a little overboard.

Now, I feel like I want to find a bunch of pictures with misaligned wheel caps and share them to Porsche’s social media outlets just to drive someone crazy. Okay; I’m not that petty, but I welcome any of you to do it. The real question is whether or not this borders on the line of overall arrogance. Does Porsche believe it’s so good that it has to have everything, down to the position of the wheel cap perfect? I think it does, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it arrogance – at least not until the next auto show when I get yelled at for rotating center caps to see what kind of reaction I get.

Further reading

2020 Porsche 911
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche 911

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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