Audi RS2 Avant

Porsche and Audi joined forces and engineered the 315bhp RS2 Avant. Less than 3000 were made and even fewer were RHD.

The RS2 has a cult following and for good reason – it is widely regarded as one of the most important models Audi has ever built. What makes it such a landmark car? Well, it was the first ever to wear the RS badge and it was also the company’s first high-performance Avant estate. As such, it proved that fast cars could be practical, too.

Between 1994 and 1996, it was built as a limited-edition model and co-developed with Porsche. Under the bonnet, a highly tuned version of the firm’s tried and tested five-cylinder 20-valve engine produced 315bhp. This powered the RS2 to a top speed of 163mph and made it the fastest estate car in the world.

Audi manufactured most of its parts, but the car was assembled at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory in Stuttgart. As a result, the firm’s name is included in the RS2 badge, while the Porsche logo adorns the red Brembo brake calipers. Enthusiasts will even spot that its 17-inch alloy wheels and door mirrors are identical to those found on the Porsche 964.

The famous sports car maker developed the Audi’s suspension and brakes, and the RS2 rode 40mm lower than the standard 80 Avant. With high-performance Dunlop tyres,it was an estate that rivalled the best handling sports cars of its day for cornering ability.

Porsche played with the chassis to ensure it was sharp, stiff and purposeful, and it worked its magic on the engine, too. With a revised camshaft, new exhaust and an advanced Bosch ECU, it powered the RS2 from 0-60mph in only 4.8 seconds. Even by modern standards it feels fast, but in the mid-Nineties its performance was startling.

The cabin still feels special, too. Sporty Recaro seats, carbon fibre trim, suede door inserts and a three-spoke sports wheel set it apart from lesser models. Fewer than 3,000 examples of the RS2 were produced, but that was enough for it to establish the winning blend of performance, practicality and desirability that fast Audi Avants still display today.

Details

WHY: The original fast Audi estate

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
Volkswagen Polo exhaust
News

Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power
Vauxhall Astra render
Vauxhall Astra

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power

The new Vauxhall Astra will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a more premium image - here’s how it could look
17 Jun 2021
Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services
Tesla Model 3 police car - front
News

Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services

Tesla hopes to offer UK police forces a new zero-emission emergency responder option with the Model 3 police car
17 Jun 2021
New Renault Arkana 2021 review
Renault Arkana - front
Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana 2021 review

Does an eye-catching coupe-SUV body give the new Renault Arkana the edge over other mid-size SUVs? We find out...
16 Jun 2021
New Vauxhall Astra prototype review
Vauxhall Astra prototype - front
Vauxhall Astra

New Vauxhall Astra prototype review

A new Vauxhall Astra is on the way and we've driven a prototype ahead of its official arrival
14 Jun 2021
New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling

The optional Touring package aims to bring a few creature comforts to the track-focused Porsche 911 GT3
15 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021
'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'
Opinion Genesis Hyundai Ioniq
Opinion

'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'

Steve Fowler is impressed by Hyundai's electric cars, its N division and now its luxury Genesis brand
16 Jun 2021
Dacia unveils new badge design
Dacia badge
Dacia

Dacia unveils new badge design

The new Dacia branding will feature on the company’s cars from 2022, with the Bigster being the first candidate
17 Jun 2021
New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power
SsangYong Korando EV
Electric cars

New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power

The new SsangYong Korando compact electric SUV will be on sale later in 2021, says the financially stricken South Korean manufacturer
15 Jun 2021
‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'
Gearknob
Opinion

‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'

Want to drive a manual car? You need to take your test in a manual car. So what happens once all driving-school cars are automatic EVs?
8 Jun 2021