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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.

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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.

Audi RS2 Avant
Audi RS2 Avant

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.

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