Nothing has ever demonstrated the inherent strength of Audi’s remarkable engineering better than the Porsche developed RS2 estate. It is one of those cars that grandly epitomize everything that is the best in its maker. Audi had already carried through the logic Quattro driven, turbocharged S-series and developed the S2 estate. This was an exceptionally swift and sure footed compact estate car. It would have been a rare and unnecessary fussy breed of driver who would have dared to call for greater power than the standard 220 bhp that was already on offer when they got behind the wheel. However, Audi and Porsche combined forces to build the RS2, one of the fastest production cars of all time. The unburstable reputation of the five cylinder engine was lifted to new level when the output was hiked from 220 to 315 bhp without any increase in capacity proving necessary. Modifications to the running gear were limited to fitting Porsche 968 Club Sport brakes, as well as specially tuned dampers. Porsche also supplied the 17 inch wheels and door mirrors. Styling modifications included the aggressive front bumper fitted with Porsche lighting units and a new rear light cluster. With room for four passengers and their luggage, and performance to beat all but the most rarefied of supercars, the RS2 demolished all the conventional stereotypes of road car abilities.
It wasn’t perfect though, it suffered horribly from tremendous turbo lag at low revs, and when the boost finally decided to kick in, the acceleration was nothing short of brutal. Then again, some drivers like a touch of brutality in their cars. One thing is above debate the Quattro drivetrain was undoubtedly the key to keeping the RS2 firmly planted on the road.