Cars like the Audi Ur Quattro and first-gen Audi R8 are among the most popular classic models to wear four rings. Those are the cars that enthusiasts think of when they think classic Audis. However, there’s another car that’s arguably equally as important as the other two aforementioned cars and every bit as desirable — the Audi RS2 Avant.
The RS2 Avant was never sold in the North America, so whenever one goes on sale here, as one is now, it piques our interest. This specific car that’s currently up for auction on Bring-a-Trailer was a French-market car that was imported to Quebec, which is where it now lives.
It wears a Volcano Black Pearl Effect paint finish with black leather interior, both of which seem to be in very good shape considering its age. This particular RS2 is a 1995 model year and has 162,000 miles on it. So it’s aged like Christie Brinkley.
Power is made by a 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-five that makes a very healthy 315 horsepower. The engine is an Audi engine but was tinkered with by Porsche back in the day, which is why it makes so much more power than other I5 Audis from the time. That engine is paired to a six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive.
This car isn’t going to be cheap, as Audi RS2 Avant prices have been going up and up over the past couple of years. At the time of writing this, there are still seven days left on the auction and the current bid is at $12,453. For a nearly thirty year old car, that’s a high starting bid.
However, the Audi RS2 Avant is a classic and one of the most important cars in the brand’s history. It launched the ‘RS’ line of Audi performance cars, thus earning the brand a place next to BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. So if you want a classic Audi that was actually tuned by Porsche from the factory, this 1995 RS2 could be it.