The time has finally arrived for the iconic Audi RS2 Avant to be fully legal for import into the US under the federal 25-year rule, and one example has showed up over at Bring A Trailer looking for a new home.
Finished in Polar Silver over a black-grey interior, this 1994 RS2 Avant was imported to the States last May from Belgium. It was sold new in Italy and is now offered with a clean Colorado title, service records from Europe and showing less than 56k miles on the odometer.
The first Audi model to wear the RS moniker was created in collaboration with Porsche. In fact, the latter even built them at their Rossle-Bau facility, the same where the Mercedes 500E was assembled.
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Porsche developed the RS2 too, taking a standard 80 Avant and giving it the full treatment, meaning a suspension of their own design, Porsche-spec brakes, a set of 17-inch alloys from the 968 Clubsport and the door mirrors from the 993-gen 911.
Audi’s 2.2-liter, 20-valve five-cylinder also received a bigger turbocharger, new injectors and cams, model-specific intake and exhaust systems, as well as a new Bosch ECU, and was paired to a six-speed manual transmission. The result is an impressive 311 HP and 302 lb-ft of torque, which was good enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.4 seconds.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system features three differentials, with the middle one being a Torsen limited-slip unit. The driver can also lock the rear diff at the push of a button in the center console to make take-offs in slippery conditions easier (the unit unlocks automatically over 15 mph).
The specific example has been serviced with new belts, fluids and water pump in late 2018, had its dents repaired from the dealer and comes fitted with fresh Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The interior is dressed in black leather and gray Alcantara, featuring the factory Recaro front seats and an aftermarket Blaupunkt stereo head unit.
No one really knows how much an RS2 Avant can bring in the U.S., as there are not enough cars around yet to establish a price range, so we’ll keep a close eye in this auction. At the time of this writing and with four days left to drop the hammer, the top bid is a nice, round $50,000.