ABT Sportsline celebrates 25 years with an Audi RS2 Avant reunion

ABT Sportsline has been tuning fast Audis, specifically fast Audi wagons, for a long time now. Twenty five years, in fact, as the brand is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. To do so, it’s brought along two examples of what it’s always done best — an Audi RS2 Avant and the Audi RS4+ Avant.

When the very first Audi RS car came to be, it was the Porsche-influenced RS2 Avant. It was astonishing for its time, as it was a small family wagon that had almost as much power as exotic supercars of the time and was faster than the 911 to 30 mph. It was incredible. But with it, ABT Sportsline saw room for improvement.

So the German tuner took the RS2’s Porsche-tuned turbocharged five-cylinder and gave it a new stainless steel exhaust system, a modified turbocharger and an adjustable camshaft. That bumped power from 315 hp to 360 hp. The equivalent Ferrari of the time barely made more. It also looked fantastic, as you can see here, and had a five-speed manual gearbox.

Next to it is the new Audi RS4+ Avant, which is an ABT Sportsline-tuned version of the new B9-generation RS4. This new car is much more comprehensively tuned, thanks to a highly-tuned engine, adjustable coilover suspension, bigger brakes, bigger wheels, a new exhaust and tons of carbon fiber. That bumps power to 530 hp and makes it handle better, stop better, look better and sound better.

These two cars side-by-side look awesome and really show the contrast between performance cars from the early ’90s and today. Personally, the comparison isn’t even close — the Audi RS2 Avant is the better looking car. But I also have a weird love for ’80s and ’90s German metal. So it could just be me. Still, these two cars show off the best of what ABT Sportsline could and can do today.

So happy birthday, ABT and keep doing your thing.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.