If you’ve been to our site before, you probably know we like the Audi RS2 Avant. A lot. It’s an incredible car with good looks, an odd history and some hilariously ’90s performance. Personally, it’s one of my bucket-list cars, one that I need to drive before I die. If I had oodles of money, it’d be one of the first classics I put in my garage. The problem with American fans of the RS2 Avant, such as myself, was always that it wasn’t available here in the US. It was never sold here and it was never old enough to import. Until now that is.
The Audi RS2 Avant has finally reached that golden age of 25 years, when it can be legally imported to the US and driven on the road without having to pass any emissions tests. So now, if you have the means, you can legally import one.
What is the Audi RS2 Avant? Well, it’s the O.G. ‘RS’ car, the car that started the Audi Sport brand as we know it today. It started out life as an Audi 80 Avant but was then handed over to Porsche for some finer tuning. In Porsche’s hands, it received a refreshed version of Audi’s 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, making 315 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. In 1994 when it was released, that was a whole lotta power. That Porsche-ified turbo five-pot was mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and sent power to all-four wheels, obviously.
Porsche also gave it brakes, some suspension, side mirrors and some other little bits to make it go faster, handle better and stop better. And it did all of those things. According to Audi, 0-60 mph came in 5.4 seconds, which was quick by 1994-standards. It was also faster than the McLaren F1 (the fastest car in the world for decades) from 0-30 mph, doing the deed in a very quick 1.5 seconds. Thank Quattro grip and huge turbo boost for that.
It must be said that its massive turbo boost is a huge part of its character. In typical ’90s fashion, the Audi RS2 Avant sports a hefty amount of turbo lag. Beneath 3,000 rpm, it’s breathless. At that 3k mark, though, it gives you a mule kick in the back and sends the RS2 hurtling toward the horizon rather abrutly. It’s hilarious, absurd and a ton of fun, according to Alex Goy.
Goy, most famous for his work with Carfection, wrote about his time driving the Audi RS2 Avant for Jalopnik. He was able to drive a UK-spec RS2 Avant that was stored safely in Audi UK’s fleet. So the car he drove was a pristine time-capsule to 1994. After seeing it, we’re incredibly jealous that the Audi UK press fleet has one and our Audi US fleet does not.
Fortunately for us ‘Mericans, the Audi RS2 Avant is available to import to the US from Europe, as mentioned earlier. Now all I need is money…