If you’re a fan of ultra-fast station wagons, then you probably know how important the Audi RS2 Avant was in establishing this genre of car. It was in production for only one year, yet it served as a predecessor to the more popular RS4, which came around in the late 90s.
This particular RS2 Avant was recently on display at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm, wearing an exclusive Tropic Green paint that you won’t find on any other of its siblings.
Inside, we can see a sporty three-spoke steering wheel with RS2 markings, leather seats, wood inserts, a 6-speed manual gearbox and a speedometer that goes all the way up to 300 km/h (186 mph) – even though the car was electronically limited to 262 km/h (163 mph).
Speaking of performance, power came from a 2.2-liter inline-5 unit that produced 315 PS (311 HP) at 6,500 rpm and 302 lb-ft (410 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm. Built at the same plant where Porsche produced the famous 959, the RS2 Avant also benefited from having a larger turbocharger, more efficient induction system, custom exhaust and more.
Despite weighing a little over 1,600 kg (3,500 lbs), the four wheel driven RS2 was capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds, which was a tremendous accomplishment for 1995, a full decade before the B7 RS4 was able to do the same, but with 420 PS (414 HP) at its disposal.
Other noteworthy mods included Porsche-designed braking and suspension systems, and Brembo calipers, while the side mirrors were actually identical to those used on the 964 Turbo.
In fact, if you look closely at all the badges present on the RS2, you’ll see the word ‘Porsche’ engraved on every single one of them, at the very bottom.