The RS name tag on some vehicles means “Rally Sport” and is an indicator of the vehicle’s high-performance performance. It is most commonly found on models that are based on rally racing vehicles. It’s also used to refer to special trim levels or option packages within cars.
Several car manufacturers use this term to designate trims and options for their high-performance models. Some examples of this include the Porsche 911 Carrera RS and Ford Focus RS.
Chevrolet has a number of RS-branded crossover SUVs that you can choose from. These are designed to be the same as the regular model, but with a few extra features that help them stand out from the crowd.
Chevy’s RS-branded models are available for the Trailblazer, Equinox, Blazer, and Traverse. They feature a number of unique exterior and interior features to help them stand out from the rest of the lineup.
Honda uses the RS badge on its 1st generation Civic to mean "Road Sailing" because of the smooth transmission and breakthru technology. Toyota intends to bring that same feeling back into its small car lineup with the Yaris RS.
Skoda is known for making some of the best rally cars in the world. Its first performance cars, the 180 and 200 RS, were hand-built for rallying.
The RS badge has a very strong pedigree and has been used wisely to distinguish high-performance models from the family cars they evolved from. That’s why it’s such a popular choice with enthusiasts.