Audi Model Nomenclature Explained

Author: Marvin Droege | Date: 03/22/2013

The Audi model names are relatively easy to understand and remember. They have a good and logical structure which makes it a lot easier to distribute between the different models.

Starting with the smallest Audi in the United States is the Audi A3 and then followed by , A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8. These are all the sedans, while the A5 also comes as a cabriolet. These models are arranged by their size, the A3 is the smallest and the A8 is the biggest one. All of these models are also available as a S-model, e.g. Audi S8. The S stands for sport, which means that these models have a bigger engine, more horsepower, more torque and guarantee fun in every situation.

After the A- and S- series, there are also the Q-models, the Audi Q5 and Q7, which are the SUV's in Audi's house. The Q stands for quattro, so these models just come with the legendary quattro all-wheel drive. Then there is the Audi TT. The TT stands for Tourist Trophy and is named after from the successful motor racing tradition of NSU in the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race.

The TT also comes as a S-model, the TTS.

Now some models also come in a RS version, which means "Rennsport" (German for "race-sport") or simply: crazy! Even more horsepower than the S-models, makes it a unique experience to drive one of the RS-models, whether it is the RS5, TTRS, or older RS4 and RS6. Unfortunately the 2013 RS4 and RS6 models are only available in Germany, because Audi decided to produce them only as Avant models, or "station-wagons". But those Station-wagons are incredible, with their V-8 and lots of power and torque.

While the RS4 Avant produces stunning 420 horses, the RS6 Avant with ist 4.0 Liter V-8 TFSI gives impressive 560 in combination with the 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, a sprint from 0-60 mph is happening in just 3.9 seconds.

  • 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
  • 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
  • 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
  • 2013 Audi RS6 Avant
  • 2013 Audi RS6
  • 2013 Audi RS6

Since the US-citizens don't like station-wagons, which I can totally understand, Audi USA unfortunately decided not to bring the new RS models over. But when you look at those pictures, do you change your mind about the "Station-wagon" image? How many station-wagons have 560 horsepower under their hood and boost you in just  while getting 24 mpg in combination of highway and City driving?