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Audi RS2 Avant

Audi RS2 Avant

Audi RS2 Avant

Audi RS2

Year (of specifications) 1994 - 1995
Engine 2.2 litre, 5-cylinder, turbocharged
Transmission 6 spd manual / 5 auto
Max speed 162 mph
0-60 mph 4.6 seconds
Horsepower 311 hp @ 6,500 rpm
weight 1600 kgs / 3527 lbs

The Audi RS2 Avant was the original 'RS' Audi. Produced for just over a year, beginning in March 1994, the RS2 offered supercar embarrassing performance in a practical estate car package.

Adding to the usability of the RS2 was the permanent Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system, which meant that in slippery conditions the RS2 could carry on safely where other high performance cars couldn't.

The RS2 was based on the relatively mundane Audi 80, but thanks to some cooperative development between Audi and Porsche the two cars were very different in character and performance.

The engine used was a highly modified 2.2 litre, 5-cylinder turbocharged unit from Audi - but tuned by Porsche. This engine pumped out 311 hp @ 6,500 rpm, and allowed the RS2 to screech to 60 mph in comfortably under 5 seconds and continue on to a 162 mph top speed.

Porsche also designed the suspension and braking systems of the RS2. The front brakes feature either 304 millimetres (11.97 in) in diameter by 32 mm (1.260 in) thick radially vented brake discs, 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 upgraded brake pads. The rears[1] 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 performance brake pads.

The suspension of the RS2 meant the car sat 40mm (1.6 inches) lower to the ground than the Audi 80 on which it was based. The system was setup to offer stiffer and more sporting driving characteristics than the standard car.

In total 2891 RS2's were constructed. They still fetch a high price even today, and have an enthusiastic and keen following of admirers and owners.

Similar and related vehicles:
Audi RS 6 Sedan
Audi RS 6 Avant
Audi RS4 Saloon
Audi RS4 Cabriolet

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