What Does “RS” Stand for in Cars?

The acronym “RS” can have several meanings in relation to cars and the automobile industry. RS can stand for “rally sport” or for the German word “Rennsport,” which means “racing sport” or “motorsport.”

“RS” is used in the names of certain car brands, for example, the Ford Team RS series in which “RS” stands for “Rallye Sport.” Audi RS models use the letters “RS” to stand for the German “Rennsport.” This also applies to the German brand Porsche for the models 911 Carrera RS and GT3 RS. The acronym “RS” can also stand for “roof spoiler.” Finally, “RS” is occasionally used for “roadside,” which means the area bordering a road.