You can now bring the Audi RS2 Avant into good old 'Murica
Hip, hip, hurrah!
In my recent article, “Mythbusting: Can you legally import an R34 into the States?” I briefly talked about the 25 Year Rule in America that prohibits the import of non-US market cars that are less than 25 years old. If you have not read the article yet and want to know why cars like the RS2 Avant have been illegal in the States, check it out!
The forbidden fruit of the United States
An RS2 and an E30 M3? My lord... Image from De L'essence dans mes veines
If you were an American young timer collector, the Audi RS2 Avant is a gem you cannot miss. The chunky five-cylinder engine and the intelligent Quattro system makes it one of the most intoxicating Audis ever built, while it still carries the historical significance of being the first RS badged car of Audi. However, there was a problem; you can’t bring it to the States. Or to be precise, until this year.
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For non-Americans, in the US, there is a thing called the 25 Year Rule. It basically means that you cannot import any non-US market car that is less than 25 Year Rule. Although controversy exists, especially among the JDM fanbase, but this rule is actually more of a ‘protector’ for classic car enthusiasts as you can import basically anything without any issues once it’s more than 25 years old.
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Although there are some other ways to import a non-US vehicle into the States by registering it as a show and display vehicle, the US government explicitly mentioned that the RS2 Avant is not applicable for the show and display act. The reason was because the RS2 Avant was not a limited edition vehicle that gives it the ‘value’ for ‘show and display’, but it’s pretty obvious that governmental office workers did not bother even looking up one.
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And you know what, the RS2 Avant had its 25th birthday this year in March. However, among the 2,891 RS2 Avants produced, most of the cars were produced from mid-1994 to 1995. Officially, the RS2 was produced until 1995 July, meaning, on 2020 July, you can basically import any RS2 on the market into American land.
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An early 1994 RS2 has already been auctioned on the famous BringaTrailer Auction site as the ‘first’ RS2 to be sold in American land. However, more is to come as not only individuals but also classic car dealers are trying to get their hands on one as the demand for it is huge. So, how about asking Santa for an RS2 as a Christmas gift?
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At the end of the day...
Although the ‘legalization’ of the RS2 in America(Wait… This sounds like as if the RS2 is some hardcore drug… Well, the good-ole lazy turbos are definitely addictive!) is getting the headline, here it should not overshadow the fact that the wonderful Audi RS2/RS4 Avant lineup is now celebrating its 25th birthday.
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Lots have changed, number of cylinders, turbochargers, design, but the spirit of ‘uncompromised performance’ still lives through the RS Avant. The RS2 Avant gave you Porsche level performance without having to give up 2 more seats and a boot for a weekend camping trip. The spirit continues in the modern RS4 Avant; the new RS4 Avant is even more ‘Jykel and Hyde’-ish, thanks to the variable setups available. You can enjoy the hell out of the car, and pick up your wife without having to worry about fighting with her over the suspension. Well done, Audi RS2 Avant, and happy birthday.