What Does the RS in Camaro RS Stand For?by Jeb Hoge
The Chevrolet Camaro is a sports coupe that has been manufactured since the 1960s. The "RS" designation has been used for a trim level or a model-year variant in each of the vehicle's generations.
RS stands for Rally Sport, which originally was an appearance package available on the first- and second-generation Camaro.
The Rally Sport appearance package on the first-generation Camaro consisted of headlights under retractable covers and assorted other trim details. The second-generation RS package had a split front bumper and unique grill, among other details.
The third-generation Camaro RS originally was a V-6 powered model for California only but replaced the Sport Coupe model nationwide in 1989.
The RS package for the fifth-generation Camaro included high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, 20-inch wheels, unique tail lamps, and a rear spoiler as well as other trim changes.
"RS" is a common automobile designation for specific trim or option levels or even models. For example, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS (for Race Sport) was a special lightweight performance model, and Ford uses "RS" for high-performance versions of its road cars.
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