Published on February 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Audi Avant RS2 from 1994, A Modern Classic
The Audi RS2 from 1994 was the first RS model from Audi and also the first high-performance model from the brand to combine full everyday suitability with a dynamic character, becoming the founder of a whole family of dynamic models. Audi had developed the RS2 in cooperation with Porsche, with assembly occurring at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Its appearance alone was indicative of the power of the first RS model. The front bumper featured powerful air inlets, and the grille was painted black. The exterior mirrors came from Porsche, the rear was emblazoned by a full-width band of light, and the emblems were large-sized. The RS2 optionally left the assembly line with an exclusive Nogaro blue paint finish, recalling the two victories achieved by Frank Biela on the Nogaro circuit in the French Touring Car Championship of 1993.
The engine embodied Audi’s full expertise from touring car sports. The 2.2-liter five-cylinder engine delivered 315 hp by way of a large turbocharger, high boost pressure, expanded air ducting and adapted engine management. At 3,000 rpm 410 Nm of torque were available, with the limiter only taking effect at 7,200 rpm. The RS2 accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and reached a top speed of 262 km/h. A six-speed manual transmission delivered the power to the quattro drivetrain, which had a manually activated locking differential at the rear axle.
The suspension with its all-round transverse links derived from the suspension of the technical starting basis, the Audi S2. The shock absorbers were even firmer and the springs were shortened. Porsche supplied the 17-inch wheels, the large, internally ventilated brake discs and the red-painted four-piston calipers.
The interior was dominated by Silk Nappa leather and Alcantara in the color anthracite, blue or silver gray, and the Recaro seats were electrically adjustable. The instruments bore white dials, while small indicators on the center console kept the driver informed about the oil pressure, oil temperature and vehicle system voltage. CFRP inlays were optionally available. This is very rare car around the world however in Malaysia you will find 4 units running around with prices ranging between RM85,000 for a unit that needs some financial assistance to almost RM130,000 for a units that will drive like a Porsche 996.