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Automotive acronyms continue to be used extensively. While most companies typically take two or three letter combinations and turn them into full-on model names,it’s often the letters that come after the name that give the biggest clues as to its true identity.

Below are some of the most popular acronyms and what they actually mean.





1) Mercedes-Benz(AMG)
The 3-letter acronym contains the name of 2 of its founders: Hans Werner Aufrecht, and Erhard Melcher, and Aufrecht’s birthplace of Großaspach in Germany.

AMG: Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach

4Matic (stylized as 4MATIC): marketing name of an AWD four-wheel drive system.

2) VolksWagen
GTI moniker stands for Grand Touring Injection to signify the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine while Golf R borrows its moniker from the racing team

GTI: Grand Touring Injection-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine

R: Racing

TDI: Turbocharged Direct Injection





TSI: Turbocharged Stratified Injection

3) Honda
Two of its acronyms,the Si and Type R monikers, are associated with high horsepower and plenty of torque steer.All powered with the aid of VTEC.

Si: Sport Injected

Type R: Racing

VTEC: Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control

4) Lexus
Lexus uses F for its top-trim models. The sixth letter in the alphabet not only represents the “flagship” models, but is also a nod to the automaker’s home track, Fuji Speedway in Japan.

F: Flagship / Fuji Speedway

5) Lamborghini
The Lamborghini SV acronym has been worn by the Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador,and it signifies the highest in performance throughout the range.

SV: SuperVeloce

6) Alfa Romeo
On every new Alfa Romeo model, the letters D, N, and A are displayed prominently somewhere near the gear lever.

A.L.F.A: [Società] Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (Translation: Lombard Automobile Factory Company (until 1920))

DNA: Dynamic, Natural, and All Weather Modes

7) BMW
When it comes to things like variable valve timing, large SUVs, and BMW’s actual three-letter designation, expect nothing less.

BMW: Bayerische Motoren Werke (Translation: Bavarian Motor Work)

SAV: Sports Activity Vehicle

VANOS: From the German “VAriable NOckenwellenSteuerung” (Translation: Variable Camshaft Timing)

8) Dodge
The R/T badge was introduced in 1967.The SRT badge signifies even more power
R/T: Road/Track

SRT: Street & Racing Technology

392: Cubic Inches of 6.4-liter V8

9) Jaguar
Jaguar use SVR acronym to its F-Type sports car following the Range Rover with the same name.

SVR: Special Vehicle Racing

SVO: Special Vehicle Operations

10) Infiniti
In 2010, Infiniti slapped an IPL badge and some go-fast bits on its G37 coupe giving it 348hp(259 kilowatts). At the same time, the company added all-wheel drive to its lineup, signified by a single X

X: All-Wheel Drive

IPL: Infiniti Performance Line

11) Ford
Ford’s iconic acronyms are for high-performance machines like the Mustang and the GT supercar. Focus and Taurus benefit with monikers like RS, SVT, and others.

SHO: Super High Output

SVT: Special Vehicle Team

ST: Sport Technologies

RS: Rally Sport

12) Fiat
Fiat is actually four letters that combine to create a single phrase. The phrase, “Fabrica Italiana Automobili Torino” loosely translates to mean “Italian automobile factory, Torino.”

FIAT: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Translation: Italian Automobile Factory, Torino)

13) Ferrari
Ferrari borrows its acronym from its F1 cars. The newest letter, ‘T,’ is also the oldest, and signifies the turbocharged engine like in the California convertible, and the transversely mounted gearbox in the 312T.

T: Turbocharged / Transverse

M: Modificato

KERS: Kinetic Energy Recovery System

14) Chevrolet
Three of Chevrolet most notable trims, LS, RS, and SS, each have a range of performance credentials and options that separate one from the other.

LS: Luxury Sport

RS: Rally Sport

SS: Super Sport

15) Acura
Acura’s  three most popular acronyms,including the new TMU + IPU used on the NSX.

NSX: New, Sportscar, Experimental

SH-AWD: Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

P-AWS: Precision All-Wheel Steer

TMU + IPU: Twin Motor Unit + Intelligent Power Unit

16) Subaru
The WRX and STI monikers have been around, in some form or another, since the early ‘90s.

WRX: World Rally Experimental / World Rally Cross

STI: Subaru Tecnica International

17) Porsche
The GTS acronym sits on the back of everything from the 718 Boxster to the Panamera to the new 911.

GTS: Grand Turismo Sport

18)Nissan
Like the GT-R sports car, Nissan’s Nismo performance arm is actually an acronym in itself.

NISMO: Nissan Motorsport International Limited

GT-R: Gran Turismo Racer

Feel free to add to the lists. 





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