Audi Sport is currently the subdivision of Audi that makes all of its fast RS cars, along with the R8. It’s only recently been called Audi Sport, as it was previously known as Audi Quattro GmbH. However, this rocket ship-making subdivision hasn’t always been around. It’s had a much shorter history than BMW’s famous M Division and Mercedes’ AMG. So Carfection is now doing a series of videos, showing off the history of Audi’s fast wagons, as that’s what the brand is most known for. And it all started with the Audi RS2 Avant.
Before Audi Sport existed, Audi wanted to develop a fast saloon car to compete with BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. However, to do so Audi would have to ask Porsche for some help, as it didn’t really have a motorsport division of its own. So Porsche took Audi’s own 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine and rammed a lot more horsepower and torque down its throat. That’s 311 bhp and 302 lb-ft of torque, to be exact.
All of that power was sent through a six-speed manual and Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive. The Audi RS2 Avant, with its Porsche power and all-wheel drive, was capable of 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which was damn good for the early ’90s. It could also do over 160 mph which, for a wagon, was quite good. But the most impressive bit was the fact that it could do 0-30 mph in a scant 1.5 seconds, according to Autocar back in the day, which made it faster to 30 mph than a McLaren F1. So the original Audi RS2 Avant was a stop-light weapon.
But the Audi/Porsche tag-team didn’t just stop at straight line speed. Porsche upgraded its suspension and brakes so it could stop and handle as impressively as it accelerated. Admittedly, it’s not the best handling car in the world and it wasn’t even back in its day. However, it had tons of grip, good steering and was very fun to drive. Plus, it could do 160 mph with your family on board.
The Audi RS2 Avant is an incredible car and one that ushered in a completely new era for Audi. It’s because of that car that we know have the absolutely insane Audi RS6 Avant and R8 V10 Plus. Stay tuned for more of Carfection’s videos on the history of Audi RS Avants.