In 1994 Audi contracted Porsche to help them develop
and manufacture a faster road going car than their current
S2 Avant - the result was the RS2.
Based on the S2 Avant, Porsche installed a bigger KKK
turbocharger to the 2.2-liter 20 valve 5-cylinder engine.
Boost pressure was raised from 1.1 to 1.4 bar, and a revised
engine management programme coupled to a modified exhaust
increased power to an awesome 315hp.
The Porsche 911's massive brakes were fitted to all four
wheels, enabling the driver to slow the progress of the
As a result, RS2 was not only the fastest Audi,
but the fastest estate in the world. Acceleration was
astonishing - 0-60 mph took just 4.8 seconds!
Behind the terrific performance, the RS2 failed to thrill journalists
very much - its big turbo led to violent turbo lag that
had all but disappeared in modern cars.
Under normal driving conditions the ride was unrefined and although its handling and
balance could not be faulted, and it offered seemingly endless grip and an
absence of understeer, the steering simply did not have the feel of a true performance car.