ⓘ Audi RS 2 Avant. The Audi RS2 Avant, usually known as Audi 80 RS2, was a limited edition, high-performance Audi five-door, five-seat estate car, manufactured fr ..

Audi RS 2 Avant

ⓘ Audi RS 2 Avant

The Audi RS2 Avant, usually known as Audi 80 RS2, was a limited edition, high-performance Audi five-door, five-seat estate car, manufactured from March 1994 to July 1995. Collaboratively designed as a joint venture between Audi AG and Porsche and built on Audis 80 Avant, designated internally as P1. It was Audis first "RS" vehicle, and the first of their high-performance Avants ; it used the most powerful and most thoroughly developed version of Audis inline-five cylinder turbocharged internal combustion engine.

Although it was not widely exported outside of Europe, except for a few to Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand, the RS2 has amassed a cult following worldwide, and it is often regarded as being the vehicle that finally firmly established Audi as a producer of practical high-performance vehicles: its estate body, seating for five persons, and Audis trademark quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system as standard made it usable as a comfortable daily driver, even in poor weather conditions.


1. Overview

The RS2 was the product of a co-development project between Audi and Porsche, based on Audis 80 Avant, and built on the Audi B4 platform. It was powered by a modified version of their 2.226 cc 2.2 L; 135.8 cu in inline-five DOHC four valves per cylinder 20 valves total turbocharged petrol engine parts code prefix: 034, identification code: ADU. This internal combustion engine produced a motive power output of 315 PS 311 bhp; 232 kW at 6500 rpm and 410 N⋅m 302 lb⋅ft at 3000 rpm of torque. Although much of the cars underpinnings were manufactured by Audi, assembly was handled by Porsche at their Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany, which had become available after discontinuation of the Mercedes-Benz 500E, which Porsche had manufactured there under contract. The Rossle-Bau plant also produced the famous Porsche 959.

Like the rest of the vehicle, the RS2s five-cylinder engine was based on a unit that Audi already produced, although Porsche considerably modified the engine; the standard KKK turbocharger was switched for a larger unit, along with a heavy-duty intercooler and higher flow fuel injectors, a newly designed camshaft, a more efficient induction system, and a low-pressure exhaust system replaced the standard fare; a specially modified URS4/URS6 Bosch-supplied engine management system ECU controlled the engine.

With so much power available, the RS2 could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, and achieve a maximum speed of 262 km/h 163 mph electronically restricted, despite weighing over 1.600 kg 3.500 lb. In a road test conducted in 1995, British car magazine Autocar timed the RS2 from 0 to 30 mph 48 km/h at just 1.5 seconds, which they confirmed was faster than both the McLaren F1 road car, and also Jacques Villeneuves Formula One car of that time. Even by more modern standards, its performance is exceptional; it could accelerate on-par with the 5th generation Chevrolet Corvette C5 and a 996 generation Porsche 911. The top speed was 166 mph 267 km/h.

A six-speed manual gearbox parts code prefix: 01E, identification code: CRB was the only transmission choice. Audis Torsen-based trademark quattro permanent four-wheel drive system was standard. Front and rear final drive units contained a conventional open differential, and have a ratio of 4.111, although the rear parts code prefix: 01H, identification code: AZE also has an electro-mechanical diff lock.

Porsche-designed braking and suspension systems replaced the standard Audi 80 equipment, however, the Bosch Anti-lock braking system ABS was retained. The front brakes feature either 304 millimetres 11.97 in diameter by 32 mm 1.260 in thick radially ventilated disc brakes, and use Brembo four-opposed piston fixed calipers, or a modified option of larger discs which will only fit under a 17" wheel of 322 mm 12.68 in by 32 mm 1.260 in, with uprated brake pads. The rears featured 299 mm 11.77 in by 24 mm 0.945 in radially vented discs, again with Brembo four-piston calipers, and the modified option included identical sized discs, but merely included cross-drilling, along with uprated pads. The hand brake worked on the rears, and consisted of a cable operated drum in disc system.

40 millimetres 1.6 in lower than a standard 80 Avant, the suspension and braking upgrades combined to give the RS2 the handling and braking capabilities of a high-end sports car; 7.0Jx17 inch Porsche Cup wheels, and high-performance 245/40 ZR17 Dunlop tyres were standard as well. In fact, the braking system wore Porsche-badged Brembo calipers, and both the wheels and side mirrors were identical in design to those of the 964 Turbo. Additionally, the word "PORSCHE" is inscribed in the RS2 emblem affixed to the rear tailgate and front grille.

A three-spoke leather steering wheel, Recaro sports-bucket seats available in full leather or a leather/suede combination, and console materials in either wood or carbon fiber trim rounded out the vehicles interior changes. Audis proprietary Safety Restraint System, procon-ten remained from its donor vehicle.

Approximately 2200 RS2s were to be built initially, but due to demand the total was 2891 cars built. Of these, only 180 were right hand drive cars built for the UK, New Zealand and South African markets.

Audi also produced an S2, which was available both as an Avant estate and a Coupe, as well as saloon model with only 306 examples built. It featured a similar turbocharged 2.226 cm 3 135.8 cu in five-cylinder engine which delivered 162 kW 220 PS; 217 bhp 3B engine, or 169 kW 230 PS; 227 bhp ABY engine.