The Audi Rs2 Avant was the product of a particularly interesting collaboration with Porsche. Initially, it was based on the 80 Avant S2, and contained a modified version of the 2.2-litre five-cylinder 20-valve turbocharged engine that developed 311bhp. Porsche themselves completed final assembly at their plant in Zuffenhausen.
Performance was quick, as you’d expect from such as collaboration. Acceleration in particular was impressive, Autocar magazine famously timed the RS2 from 0-30mph in 1.5 seconds (to put into some sort of perspective, this was faster than a McLaren F1).
Legends are built on facts like this and Audi had the foresight to capitalise on the RS2’s critical acclaim, and succeeded it with generations of super-estate cars, taking ownership of the genre – despite Mercedes-Benz offering suitable competition.
The Avant’s handling was exceptional, primarily thanks to the Porsche designed braking and suspension systems; the Porsche Cup brakes were lifted directly from the 964. Overall styling was understated, but there were enough unique touches to make the RS2 recognisable to cognoscenti.
It’s fair to say, the Audi Rs2 Avant is correctly regarded as a classic today, as it was when it first came off the production line back in ’94.
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