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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1994-95 Audi RS 2 Avant

Jim Brennan November 14, 2014 Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage 23 Comments

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to see if there’s is any reason to deny entry of an Über German Wagon… High performance German Luxury Cars have taken over where the Detroit Raw Muscle Car once roamed. I have outlined three Mercedes-Benz Sedans that have followed the Detroit tradition of stuffing the largest engine available under the hood of a slightly smaller vehicle which turned them into Obscure Muscle Car Legends; The 300 SEL 6.3, The 450 SEL 6.9, and the 1991-95 500E. So let’s see if this Audi, built at the Porsche Rossle-Bau plant after completing the last few E 500’s, is an Obscure Muscle Car…

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The Audi RS 2 Avant was introduced in the spring of 1994. This is an unusual nominee for the Obscure Muscle Car Garage because this car is not equipped with a V-8, nor did it come with a Turbocharged 6 cylinder. This Audi used the already well engineered 2.2L 20V Five Cylinder, and was modified to produce an astounding 315 HP, at 6,500 RPM. This was Audi’s first RS vehicle (well, that was according to Wikipedia, so use caution when quoting this source) based on the Volkswagen B4 Platform that was used for the more pedestrian Audi 80 Series. Assembly was handed off to Porsche at their Rossle-Bau plant, where the famed Porsche 959 was built, as well as the Mercedes-Benz E500 (Later 500 E).

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The RS2’s five-cylinder engine was based on an engine already in production, this unit was highly modified by Porsche with the following changes; The standard KKK Turbocharger was switched to a substantially larger one. There was the installation of a very heavy duty intercooler, higher flow fuel injectors, a newly designed camshaft, a more efficient induction system, and a low-pressure exhaust system. There was also a new Bosch-supplied ECU that made all the modifications work together. A 6-Speed manual gearbox, coupled with the Audi Torsen based Quattro permanent All Wheel Drive system was the only powertrain combination offered. One thing I didn’t know about this car was the Electro-Mechanical rear differential locking system, that was also fitted as standard equipment to this car.

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The Porsche engineers also replaced the Audi 80 braking and suspension, mainly because they could. The Bosch Anti-lock Braking System was retained, but almost everything else was discarded and replaced with severe-duty parts. Brembo four-piston calipers were used at each corner, with larger and thicker discs, while the suspension was lowered approximately 40mm to give enhanced cornering peformance. The choice of alloy wheels was also interesting, as they were Porsche Designed 17 inch Porsche “Cup” road wheels with high-performance 245/40 ZR17 Dunlop tires fitted. The Brembo Brake Calipers wore the Porsche nameplate, while the wheels (and the side mirrors for that matter) were from the Porsche 964 Turbo.

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With 315 HP and a little over 302 lb-ft of torque, coupled with the advantages of all-wheel drive, you would expect blistering performance. You are not wrong, as 0-60 times were recorded as 4.8 seconds, with a claimed top speed of 162 MPH. I did find one statistic on quarter mile performance, and this car did that in 13.82 seconds with a trap speed of 101 MPH. Slice that anyway you want to, but this thing is fast. Remember, this was a 3,500 pound car at that time, so it really was no lightweight.

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Total production of these incredible estate cars totaled 2,891 vehicles, though only 2,200 were initially planned. Amazingly, there were 180 Right-Hand Drive models built for the UK, New Zealand and South African markets. So there you have it, an incredibly rare, powerful, and desirable Estate Car that was built by Porsche before the turn of the century. All I have to ask is this… Does this car deserve a spot within the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, or is it just another Autobahn Wunderkind (term used very loosely BTW) that doesn’t deserve the time of day? I look forward to your comments on this one…

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So what do you really think about admitting the Audi RS 2 Avant into the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage?

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  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆

    Ja natürlich.

  • buzzboy7

    Sorry, I'll call it a sports car, not a muscle car. It handles too well.

  • Five! We need five zylinders! Four ist too small und siix iz too big! Five!

  • NotJustDucky

    Tangentially related, I saw a Passat the other day that had the vanity plate "CHEAPA4"

  • Just 5 more years…

  • Sjalabais

    Obscure muscle wagon!

  • r_toaster

    Brutal, brawny, butch, and blasted hard to find, of course it goes in.

  • Mcstiff

    Nothing to do with a VW Passat B4, I edited Wiki to reference the correct platform page.

    I'm working on an updated RS2-esque 1995 90 Sport Quattro sedan:
    <img src='https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dQAKWC8d7-s/VGQ16A7wI1I/AAAAAAAANWY/kiE7d4oQnWU/w1598-h901-no/IMAG0292.jpg'&gt;

    • JayP2112

      Wow. What engine? The 90 was offered with a 'sport' package that had the non-turbo 20v engine.

      • Mcstiff

        The 20v 90 you are thinking of was the B3 with the 7a engine making ~170 hp, I have one in my Coupé Quattro which is turbocharged and ~300hp. The B4 "Sport", featured a cloth interior, manual climate control, and a sport suspension; still had the same basic 2.8L 12v V6. The previous owner modified the 12v and had plans for a built bottom end to allow for ~300whp NA, similar to the Speed World Challenge Stasis B5 cars. Unfortunately, he never finished that project and the parts (custom titanium rods, etc) were sold off leaving me without much to work with. At this point, the car is ~3000#s and 180 whp, so it does ok but is not winning many drag races. I'm considering a built "07K" I5 swap, which is basically the port injected version of a TT-RS motor, to match the power to the looks. It would be a riot with a 300whp NA V6 but taking the uncommon path is always expensive and Iroz Motorsports in Las Vegas has the 07k's pretty well figured out for a "reliable" 500whp, to make up for the extra weight of the tubbo ;-).

        Click on the pic above to go the the build thread; here's what I believe are the current engine specs:

        272* duration gun-drilled cams with 13mm lift
        High RPM valve springs, LW lifters, titanium retainers
        1mm larger int/exh valves that are "under-cut" 1mm with 1mm larger int/exh seats
        6mm valve stems, guides, seals etc,
        Ported, polished & CC'd IM, heads and combustion chambers (http://12v.org/audi/imworkshop/, http://12v.org/audi/headworkshop/14.htm)
        6" diameter velocity stack airbox inlet
        RC Engineering balanced/blueprinted injectors
        Spiral wound Random Technology high-flow cats
        Lightened 60-2 front crank damper/pulley

        <img src='https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zfnHU_nbEU4/Uy5qVqXcTII/AAAAAAAALSc/eCCQbdBIiX0/w1042-h488-no/unnamed.jpg'&gt;

    • nanoop

      +1 for editing W'pedia.
      And I am surprised how many fans this car still has, it occurred to me only as an obscure tuner car (ex works) in obnoxious blue (which looks great in person, but not so much on cheap phone screens).

  • JayP2112

    I wanted an RS2 in the day.
    When I got my B5 A4 turbo quattro, I bought a set of 18" C2T Cup replicas for it. Looked perfect.
    I don't think the Avant was offered in the US in '97 or would have bought one.

  • Number_Six
  • Walter Moore

    The most Audi of all Audis, even if if it says Porsche right on the badges and the engine.

    Just a few years till these are legal in the US.. so I can dream….

  • rennsport964

    I saw one of these in suburban London a few years back. I had to do a double take because I instantly recognized the Cup wheels and the Big Reds. At the time, I just admired it for the sleeper it was and assumed it was tastefully updated by the owner. It was only later that I found out it was another one of those parts bin collaborations between Porsche and VAG, only this one went the other direction on the hoon-o-meter.

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    These might be obscure over there, but here they were a standard feature in tuning mags along with Cosworth Fords and what not.. These were usually factory color though; way too many cossies had bright neon/flake paint.

    <img src="http://www.kotikone.fi/rankonen/gallery_free/sierra/01.jpg&quot; width="500" </Img>

    • Dean Bigglesworth

      Not that I'm complaining. I seem to recall teenage me still loved reading those magazines and listening to eurodance.

  • Rover_1

    Wheels, brakes and front indicators/vents/driving lights shared with the 964 series 911.

    <img src="http://www.fgporsche.com/images/db/models/image/17.jpg&quot; width="300">

  • boostedlegowgn

    I've driven one of these, you know. In fact, I did a head to head vs an RS7. If the Hooniverse wants a review, let me know. http://www.autos.ca/motoring-memories/final-drive
    <img src="http://www.autos.ca/galleries/2014/images/final_drive/1994_audi_rs2/1994_audi_rs2-bm-08-13342.jpg&quot; width="600">

  • zetep

    Great cars, I would love a set of those wheels for my 95 Audi Cabrio.
    Or the engine…..