Car Throttle finds out if the Audi RS2 Avant Lives up to the Hype

Audi RS2 Avant

I’m supremely jealous of UK-based journalists because the Audi UK press fleet has some incredible classic cars, with virtually no mileage on them, all available to test. Cars that were never available here in the US. Cars like the Audi RS2 Avant.


The RS2 Avant is a legend, as it was really the first fast wagon and it set the tone for cars like the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63. It was also co-developed by Porsche, which gives it proper performance-car credentials. So, naturally, there’s a lot of hype surrounding it.


In this new test drive review from Car Throttle, we get to see if the Audi RS2 Avant actually lives up to the legend, lives up to the hype.


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According to CT, it absolutely does. Not only does it live up to the hype but it actually exceeds expectations and makes you want for more the moment you step out of it. Which is incredibly refreshing to hear.


For those of you that don’t know, the Audi RS2 Avant is powered by the 2.2 liter turbocharged I5 engine making 315 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. It started out life as a standard Audi S2 engine but was then breathed on by Porsche, who fitted it with a bigger turbocharger, new cams, new injectors and a new intercooler, among other things.


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The RS2 also received brakes from a Porsche 968, with wheels to match, and a Porsche-tuned suspension. So it handles with a crispness that surprised then and still surprises now. At the time, the Audi RS2 was a better sports car than any other Audi and it honestly probably still is.


According to this review, the Audi RS2 Avant is a car that makes you want to keep driving it, keep pushing it hard, even after having driven more modern sports cars. Maybe especially after driving modern sports cars. Damn, I’m jealous.


[Source: Car Throttle]
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.