Jump to content

Cars - Why the letter S for high performance?


BlueSky

Recommended Posts

It surprises me that not only do different manufacturers use the letter 'S' for high-performance versions, they're similar in appearance, usually red and/or silver.

Acura

112_0303_One_Year_Test_Verdict_2001_Acura_CL_TypeS_5z+2001_Acura_CL_TypeS+Rear_Badge.jpg

Mini Cooper

112_2006_paris_motor_show02z+2007_mini_cooper_s+badge_view.jpg

Aston Martin

2011-aston-martin-v8-vantage-s-badge.jpg

Porsche

2010_porsche_panamera_s_124_2_cd_gallery.jpg

You get the idea. Is there a reason they all use 'S'?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

S is for sport for the Acura.

S is for Super or Special for the Mini. John Cooper didn't know which one to pick so he went for S instead.

Well, "Type Sport" sounds weird so I guess S is best. We have an '03 badged just like that pic, and it is a nice vehicle. Moves along nicely. :D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

And of course, we all know about the most famous "S" badge out there...Chevrolet's "SS", for "Super Sport".

(Even though "SS" has become more an appearance thing than actual performance now...)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

ill echo Buc, the first "performance cars" were the muscle cars of the 60s-70s. a lot of the chevys being SS or RS (rally sport). Ford had their GTs and Machs and Mopars with R/Ts. im not sure why the S has carried over to other brands weather it be for sport, speed, special, whatever. i guess we've come to know an "S" as a high performance car and you can tag any number of words onto it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.