• The RS2 Avant was exported to SA in very limited numbers.
• It is powered by a turbocharged 2.2-litre engine that makes 232kW and 410Nm.
• Audi currently has a number of RS models on sale locally.
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There are cars with certain letters and numbers that evoke a different type of emotion when they are uttered or seen in the flesh.
The likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen have their own high-performance models in M, AMG and GTI guise, but Audi takes everything up a notch with the exclusive RS badge.
The RS 3 Sportback is currently the cheapest high-performance model for sale in SA, with a starting price of R1 056 000. The sacred badge also finds itself on models like the Q3, Q8, TT, 4, 5, 6, 7 in Avant, Coupe and Sportback body shapes.
Audi and Porsche made a baby
The RS2 only saw a year on the production line from 1994-1995, and at the time, Audi lacked a fully-fledged high-performance department. This is where the partnership with Porsche comes to fruition.
Components like the brakes, suspension, and seats are Porsche-specific, forming part of the brand's tag-team partnership.
Where the RS 2 is concerned, it was exported to Mzansi in minimal numbers and made use of a turbocharged 2.2-litre engine that produces 232kW and 400Nm. It also employed the famous Quattro system that channelled power to all four wheels.
According to an official brochure, it could accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 262km/h.
Its limited production and low numbers mean the RS 2 is a true collector's item and forms part of a unique collaboration between two of Germany's most iconic automakers.