Now that they’re literally the same company, Porsche and Audi are more closely linked than ever before — with one massive exception. The 1994 Audi RS 2 Avant (wagon) was the first RS car Audi ever made, and it was a joint project with Porsche. It should come as no surprise that the remarkable little car was available predominately in Europe and never available in the United States. But, thanks to the “25-year Import Law,” American enthusiasts are close to gaining legal ownership status should they so desire. And they should.
MTM, a European tuning brand, has faithfully restored this RS 2 Avant to factory specs. Its 2.2-liter, five-cylinder turbo four makes 311 horsepower and puts it all down through a manual transmission and Audi’s signature all-wheel-drive (and those very slick Porsche-style rims). The car originally shot to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of nearly 170 mph — in the mid-Nineties, this was no slouch. In addition to very light modifications that include a post-cat exhaust, probably the best part of the restoration is the gorgeous repaint, which has provided
lusters-on lookers-on a deep, creamy blue dream. Plus, the steering wheel is signed by none other than Audi racing legend Walter Ruhl.
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