Audi RS2 Review from Germany

1993 Audi RS2 Avant 2.2 litre 5-cylinder Turbo 20-valve

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2 litre 5-cylinder Turbo 20-valve Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Unusual, under-estimated and enormous fun to drive

Faults:

Given the age, not surprising but here goes: front brakes replaced, (costly); rear drive-shaft, (costly); hand-brake very poor, (complicated Porsche affair and known weak point - ask the list RS2list@egroups.com); rear brakes would have needed replacement if I had kept the car, (VERY costly - worse than the front). That was it.

General Comments:

Incredibly fast and solidly built.

You need air-con as the engine gives out an incredible amount of heat into the cabin.

The space is OK but for an estate, not brilliant.

The car sits VERY low and tends to scrape in car parks and on ramps - watch that front air duct!

The Quattro system is amazing. So much power, (315 ps), but the car just grips and goes. The RS2 has a strengthened 1st gear, (6 speed), as the S2 gear-box had a notoriously weaker 1st gear.

Seats are wonderful and grippy.

Car is very heavy and only really gets into its stride around 3000 rpm, but even below that, it is severely grin-inducing :-).

Tyres are difficult to come by for the summer wheels, (only one tyre type approved, but now out of production), so most are being down-sized to 225's with some say, better grip and handling, so no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2001

29th Jan 2002, 14:17

Homologated 245/40 17 dunlop sp8000 is still available.

19th Jun 2002, 16:19

20V non turbo goes on for ever, but buyer beware on high mileage RS2 vehicles my engine went bang at 102,000 when No.1 big end failed, oil and pump OK, I would only give 3/10 for reliability because of many design faults and weaknesses.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review