Ingolstadt's original RS wagon was never sold in America, but you can import it now.
Audi recently revealed the all-new RS6 Avant, in all its 600 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, long-roofed glory. And excited performance-wagon enthusiasts can be about that. But while it's the first to come to America, it's not the first RS-badged wagon it's made. So to celebrate the arrival of the latest one, the German automaker put out this little promo for the original, quite convincingly made to look like it was aired back when it was still new.
Based on the Audi 80 wagon, the RS2 Avant stemmed from the same collaboration between Audi and Porsche that gave the latter the 924 and 944, and kicked off a long and celebrated line of all-wheel-drive performance wagons that Ingolstadt still produces today.
It used an enhanced version of Audi's signature turbocharged five-cylinder engine – displacing 2.2 liters and sending 311 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a six-speed manual. That made it nearly as potent as the 911 Turbo of its day, but with room for five and all their stuff.
Sadly the RS2 wasn't sold in America. But now 25 years later, Audi is apt to point out that it's eligible to import to the US as a classic car. And the video clip, replete with Easter Eggs, drives that point home brilliantly.
Made to look and feel like it was aired back in the mid-90s, it was spliced together from unaired archival footage and fresh roll filmed on old equipment. And it features a cameo by none other than the legendary Hans-Joachim Stuck – a longtime Volkswagen Group motorsports ambassador who won Le Mans twice with Porsche and the 1990 DTM championship in... you guessed it: an Audi.