A blog post on 'Rare Car Club' that is looking at a boxy 90's station wagon. I promise you we have not gone mad. The RS2 represents a significant milestone in the history of Audi, not only was this the first car to wear the 'RS' badge it also set the stage for future performance cars from Audi, including the RS4, RS6 and R8.
The start of the 90's were interesting times for Audi. Following the Audi Quattro's production ending in 1991, Audi were left without a true performance vehicle. Audi turned to Porsche to help develop a new sports car. The RS2 is based on Audi's 80 Avant and built on the Audi B4 platform.
Produced between 1994-1995, the RS2 is powered by the Audi 2.2 litre inline five-cylinder 20-valve turbocharged petrol engine. Porsche worked their magic and heavily modified the engine, the standard KKK turbocharger upgraded to a larger unit. Porsche also modified the the intercooler and higher flow fuel injectors, a newly designed camshaft, a more efficient induction system, and a low-pressure exhaust system. This tuned engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The RS2 is fitted with the 'Quattro' permanent four-wheel drive system. The RS2 is also fitted with Porsche-designed braking and suspension systems which replaced the standard Audi 80 equipment.
The consequence of all of this Porsche tuning resulted in a car that can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. The car can achieve a (Restricted) top speed to 262km/h. Even by modern standards this is quick for station-wagon but back in 1994 this put the RS2 on a similar performance level as sportscars of the day.
Originally, 2200 RS2s were planned to be built initially, but due to demand the total was 2891 cars built.
The RS2's legacy goes far beyond its credentials as a modern classic. With it, Audi was able to launch its uber-sports 'RS' brand which would become a distinctive feature for Audi. But the RS2's legacy goes far beyond its credentials as a modern classic. With it, Audi invented the mega-estate and we are thankful for that.