Hoonigan’s Brian Scotto is an unabashed Audi fan. He recently showed off his Audi Coupe Quattro build, which took seventeen years to complete. Now, it seems as if he’s taking on yet another project, an import from his trip to Germany — an Audi S2 Avant.
The Audi S2 Avant isn’t anywhere near as well-known as an Audi RS2 Avant (pictured above) but it’s also far easier to find in Germany and cheaper to buy. The S2 Avant was naturally less powerful, slower, and less premium. It also had none of the Porsche-tuned bits that the RS2 came with. The flip side was, and is especially so now, that the S2 Avant can be bought considerably cheaper and easier. The RS2 has become so expensive and difficult to find that it’s not worth it to many enthusiasts.
Scotto’s Audi S2 Avant was far cheaper than an RS2, especially when you consider that his has some rust and cooling issues. So he got his especially cheap but he wasn’t concerned about the rust, as he planned on replacing things like the hood and doing a ton of work to it. Scotto wasn’t looking for a garage queen and he didn’t get one.
Under the hood is a 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine which, when new made around 225 horsepower. That engine is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox and proper Quattro all-wheel drive. Shockingly, despite Scotto’s car’s engine issues (including a radiator that somehow disintegrated, which I’ve never seen happen before), the little turbo five-pot runs great.
The Audi S2 Avant seems like a great project car for a few reason. It’s relatively inexpensive (when compared to the RS2 Avant), it has immense tuning potential, it looks fantastic, and it’s even practical. We really hope Scotto and the Hoonigan team keep updating this build as it goes along because we’d like to see what becomes of it.