In the United States, foreign cars can be imported without any meeting any sort of emissions or safety regulations after they turn 25. That’s the cut-off for foreign-market car imports and it’s a big deal for a lot of enthusiasts. After a car becomes 25 years old, it’s eligible for enthusiasts to import, opening a ton of doors for interesting cars that were never sold in the US. One such car is the Audi RS2 Avant, which has just come of age.
The Audi RS2 Avant was only made in 1994 and was sold in very limited numbers. None of which came to the US. This year, though, those 1994 model year RS2s have turned 25 years old, making them eligible for importation to the US. Which is very exciting.
If you aren’t already aware, the Audi RS2 Avant is one of the brand’s mot incredible cars. Based on the Audi 80 Avant, the RS2 was actually built with the help of Porsche. In fact, Porsche developed almost everything about the car. While the 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder was an Audi engine, Porsche breathed on it a bit to help it make 315 PS (310 hp) and 302 lb-ft of torque. That was a ton of power back in 1994. When paired with a six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi RS2 Avant was actually quicker to 30 mph than most high-end performance cars, at reached 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. That’s quick for today.
Porsche didn’t just stop at the engine, though. It developed the suspension and brakes, as well. So it was sharper and more agile than any other Audi on the market. Hell, it was sharper than a lot of sports cars on the market and it was a five-door family wagon.
It also still looks great today, with subtly aggressive styling and that boxy wagon shape. Its interior is typically ’90s German minimalist but it’s handsome and well laid out. Build quality is also excellent. Though, it might be sketchy owning one today, as any 25 year old car is going to have some worn parts throughout and it’s not like you can run to AutoZone to get anything for an RS2 Avant.
The prospect of owning an Audi RS2 Avant in America is deeply intriguing, it does come with a bit of worry. The aforementioned reliability concerns and cost of parts and maintenance do put a damper on the excitement of realistically importing one. Also, they’re not cheap, running in the $30,000 – $60,000 range for nice-to-pristine examples. Still, if you have the money to spend, it’s likely worth the risk/time/cost. The Audi RS2 Avant is a very special car one that would be extremely rare in America. It’s also likely to appreciate quite a lot over time, especially considering its rarity. So if you have the resources to risk, import away.