• Apr 23, 2008

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We've all watched the ALMS Porsche RS Spyder in racing, read the reviews about Porsche's track-ready 997 GT3 RS, and checked out the new Boxster RS 60 Spyder. Maybe some of us (Porschephiles?) have even dreamed about someday owning a classic 1973 911 Carrera RS (pictured above). Porsche's "RS" designation stands for "Renn Sport," or racing, and it is reserved for the highest performing models in the company's lineup.

Wait a second. Doesn't Audi also offer a slew of "RS" models too? They have their hot RS4, RS6, and the lightweight RS8. Now they have plans to bring out a high-performance version of the TT to be called the TT RS...

Not so fast, the team at Porsche is saying. Naming it the "TT RS" is stepping over that thin line drawn in the sand. Furthermore, the "RS" suffix is Porsche's, and it won't be slapped on an Audi anytime soon (especially as Porsche continues to increase its ownership in the Volkswagen Group). Audi may continue to use "RS" as a prefix, but that's about it. Well, that was easy, don't you think?

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me.

      They use it as a suffix. Audi uses it as a prefix. This example shows Audi going outside of that established pattern - I'd be upset too. Same company family or not.

      I'm sure Audi isn't doing it just to piss Porsche off or anything, but they should know better, IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        they are not doing haphazardly. the Audi TT is based (in name, at least), on the NSU TT model from the 70s. There was a more powerful model, called the NSU TTS back then as well.

        this is why they went with TTS instead of STT. In going with that nomenclature, they should go with TTRS and not RSTT. Can't have TTS and then RSTT...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever....

      Honda
      Chevorlet
      Ford

      all have used "RS" on their vehicles.

      Big deal
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought they were the same company. Are they really wasting time with this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alphanumerics are becoming seriously played out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah. Just ask Prince.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean [glyph] ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      boooorrriiing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, so maybe the TT name isn't all that lame, maybe it's just the TT itself that's lame :) That's probably the main reason i'll side with Porsche on this one.

      And I agree, the Panamera is garbage. First the cheapo-Porsche (Boxster), then the family-man (Cayenne), now the Lampoon's-vacation-wagon-Panamera.... I just hope it doesn't come with wood paneling.

      Although, if these models are required to keep Porsche in business until I've got the cash to pick myself out a 911, then so be it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they could care less that American or japanese mfgs have used the "RS" designation, but I could see them trying to keep that filtered out of the porsche/audi/VW family, at least where the "RS" follows a model name as porsche has historically done.

      The real problem is that Audi came up with the lame "TT" name, they should've named it the A2 before they had the A2, or maybe the T2, something half-consistent. If i were Porsche i'd kick Audi in the nuts too, make 'em call it the "RST" or rename their "TT" line altogether, if for no other reason than to keep lame kids from thinking TT means TwinTurbo... you laugh, but i've heard it more than once.

      Porsche > Audi
        • 6 Years Ago
        TT is an historic name of the Audi family of vehicles. it is derived from the NSU TT and NSU TTS vehicles of the 70s. there, TT stood for (and still stands for) Touring Trophy.

        the name is no lamer than calling a car Mercedes GLK or Porsche Boxster or BMW 335i. None of the names mean anything. At least the TT is harkening back (if only in name) to a great vehicle from Audi's past.

        and yes, Porsche is better than Audi when it comes to Sports cars (though Audi is doing pretty well with that little R8 thingy), but believe you me, i'd take ANY audi wagon or sedan over that ugly turd the panamera...
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is BS. Porsche is really starting to get on my tits with this whole taking over VAG thing...

      first, they try to kill bugatti, then lamborghini, now they're fighting with Audi over lettering? come on! nothing better to do?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this has more to do with the car that's getting the "RS" label on it.

      A hot-rodded TT would compete head on with the Cayman S. As stated by other posters above, Porsche has a history of making sure VW doesn't create any models that would cut into Porsche's street cred.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The TT may have power numbers to match, but will be hard pressed to match overall performance."

        how do you make an assertion like that when the TTRS doesn't even exist yet? that's about the dumbest thing i've ever heard. "the car that is being developped and will be put to market in 2 or 3 and has never been track or road tested (at least not publicly) will never beat a car that is currently on the market and has been for nearly 3 years."

        ...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think head on is a bit of an overstatement. The Cayman is a much more well balanced and performing car. The TT may have power numbers to match, but will be hard pressed to match overall performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought "RS" belonged to Chevrolet?
        • 6 Years Ago
        KIA is going to be pissed someone is trying to bank off the fine name of the Rio RS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The RS for the Camaro meant something different (i.e. Rally Sport).

        Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Audi is using the RS with the same meaning attached to it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Subaru Impreza 2.5RS anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Acura aslo used it in the past. So has Mitsubishi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "RS" belongs to Ford. =]
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're gonna love the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish RS then, eh?
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