Welcome back to another ""review"" this week we are looking a the Audi RS2 Avant
The RS2 used the RS name before it was even a thing and is the Quattro’s and S2’s eldest son and brother respectively. But has it held up it’s reputation as not just the daddy of the RS4 Avant but also the first infamous ‘fast estate’ made by Audi?
The RS2 Avant as well as it’s S2 brethren started off as a Audi-Porsche collab where they took a normal 80 Avant, put in a modified 2.2 litre 5-cylinder engine with the permanent quattro 4WD system then beefed up it’s looks and stuck an RS badge on it. The S2 got the same treatment but with more tamer power and looks. Only 2,200 were to be built but demand increased so they built 2,891 instead in Porsche’s infamous Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen where the Mercedes 500E and Porsche 959 were also built. Production only lasted from 1994 to 1995 until it was then succeeded by the RS4 Avant in 1999.
The car is a beefcake Audi 80 Avant with added Porsche rims, it’s estate design would be pretty unique since the only other well-known fast estate at the time was the Volvo 850 T-5R estate model. It’s estate look while a bit odd gives it that “sleeper” look. Then there’s the unicorn saloon model which looks slightly better. They also planned a coupe and a cabrio version but Porsche said no.
The infamous 2.2 liter 5-cylinder 20v turbocharged engine that was co-developed alongside Porsche is one of the scarily fast ones with 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 262km/h (163mph) dishing out 311bhp coupled to the Quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. This was the fastest Audi estate at the time before the RS4 Avant came along in 2005. All of these cars were equipped with a 6-speed manual. And the handling is assisted by Porsche brakes and suspension systems that could keep up with modern sports cars of that time.
Versatility and practicality:
There’s a lot since it’s an estate car. It can sit 5 people, 4 if you don’t count the driver and there’s space in the back for groceries and whatever size dog you have. And you can still go ludicrously fast and be luxurious at the same time due to it’s comfortable ride. It’s good for the family man who wants to hit the track in his free time as well.
Oh, boy it’s expensive. Expect examples to cost around £25,000-£56,000 and some will come from Germany which will prove to be more problematic but it will prove to be worth it in the end for a fast luxurious estate. In Europe it’s around the same expect to fork around €29,000-€55,000 for this car and with the steering wheel on the wrong side.
The Audi RS2 Avant is a beast of an estate car that had set the bar higher for the fast estate surpassing the 850 T5-R; not even Volvo’s successor the 850 R could surpass it! (But I doubt that was the objective) anyways that car was then surpassed by it’s successor: The RS4 Avant. Only 180 have been sold in the UK so get one while you can! However most of these examples will be in excellent condition so you might be in luck.
Final grade: A+
One hell of a car that is really quick to drive with enough room to daily.
Would I buy it?: F*ck. YES. I would.
Next one will be the AE86 model (Yay!)