Audi RS2 Avant
Octane|April 2018
Audi RS2 Avant

With Porsche’s help, the maddest, baddest estate was born

Matthew Hayward

WE’RE SPOILED for choice when it comes to fast estates these days. We could spend hours discussing the latest AMG, Alpina or even the excellent Volkswagen Golf R estate. Eventually, the conversation will circle back to Audis. It’s a niche that the company has made its own, and it’s all thanks to the ballistic RS2 Avant of 1994/95.

Based on the 80-derived S2, the first RS Audi was actually the result of a partnership with Porsche.Shells were shipped from Ingolstadt to the Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, where Porsche engineers worked their magic. First, the regular 2.2-litre, 20-valve five-cylinder engine received a bigger KKK turbo –running at higher boost – along with high-lift camshafts, a new intercooler, bigger exhaust and high-flow fuel injectors. The result? A staggering 315bhp and 302lb ft.

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