I may not be a fan of the alphabet soup-era of automotive naming conventions. Still, at least one automaker makes the process of model comprehension a bit easier through the use of just letters and numbers. Audi keeps the formula simple, and I can respect that if I don’t full enjoy it. It’s in that regard that I know exactly what I’m getting when I am given the keys to a four-ring-wearing vehicle.
An “A” is any range of quality vehicles in the lineup, and the level of luxury and driving enjoyment depend greatly on which number follows that scarlet letter. Change the “A” for an “S” and you’re beginning to speak my language. Performance takes a bit of a priority over luxury, and the number starts to mean a bit less than the letter it’s paired with. On rare occasions, however, the “S” will be joined by an “R” and the stars align, the sea parts, the roads empty.
I had such a car in my possession, and its badge read RS5. It’s the 2013 Audi RS5, and I woke up before dawn to make sure the roads were in fact empty.
[Disclaimer: Audi flipped my the keys to the 2013 Audi RS5 and included a full tank of gas. I had scheduled a full week with the car, but I could only spend a weekend because I had to fly to West Virginia to shoot an episode of American Detours. Yes, I still cry into my pillow at night thinking about our lost time together. I look like Jack from LOST… I HAVE TO GO BACK]