If you’re a car enthusiast, chances are you’ve heard of the original Audi Ur Quattro. It’s the car that started it all for the brand as a performance car maker one the world stage. However, while the most famous classic Audi of all, the Quattro wasn’t the only classic Audi with pedigree. Another very special four-ringed classic is the Audi RS2 Avant.
Whereas the Quattro launched Audi onto the world stage,the Audi RS2 Avant gave the brand a reputation to take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even Porsche head-on. It might not have been the original Audi performance car but it was just as important.
In this new video from JayEmm on Cars, we get to see what it’s like to drive a pristine Audi RS2 Avant, one borrowed directly from Audi UK’s HQ. Because it’s Audi UK’s actual car, it’s a near-perfect example of a very rare, very special car. To say we’re jealous of JayEmm would be an understatement.
The Audi RS2 Avant started out life as a humble Audi 80 Avant. However, the folks in Ingolstadt brought one over to Stuttgart and asked their cousins at Porsche if they’d have a go at upgrading it. Thankfully, they agreed and what came from that partnership was the RS2.
To make it an Audi RS2 Avant and therefore something special, it received a 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder that was tinkered with by Porsche. The basis of the engine was all Audi’s but Porsche gave it new life and a lot more power; 315 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. That engine was paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. While its 0-60 mph of around 6 seconds isn’t exactly fast by today’s standards, it was downright quick by 1994 standards and, thanks to all-wheel drive, turbo boos and clever gearing, it was as quick as a 911 to 30 mph.
In this video, we learn about not only the history of the RS2 Avant but what actually makes it special to drive. Check it out.