words: Bill Cho, photos: Audi Van Beynum
In a recent interview, Audi of America’s Scott Keogh mentioned a ‘surprise RS model‘ coming to the States. The debate on our page quickly boiled down to an RS 4 Avant or an RS 6 Avant with some people throwing the RS Q5 into the mix.
That got me thinking about the granddaddy of them all, the RS 2 Avant. With the earliest ones built in 1994, that’s only 1 year away til we can import them into the States. How many can I find for sale in Europe on AutoScout24? The answer is over a dozen. I decided to pick the most expensive RS 2 Avant listed and it’s this gem.
Listed at €69,911.00 ($89,597.36 USD), this 1995 Polar Silver RS 2 Avant can be found at Audi Van Beynum – Moordrecht in the Netherlands. There isn’t a lot of detail given about the car other than it’s a 1995 Polar Silver/Black leather 6sp manual with 60,897km (37,839 miles).
The ad reads:
This unique and very nice Audi RS2 Avant is completely in its original state and has 60.897 kilometers of experience. This RS2 in the color Polarsilber was produced on 22-06-1995 in the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen and on 03-10-1995 the car was first put up in Switzerland. The Audi RS2 Avant is also called the “Ur” RS. The Audi RS2 was Audi’s first RS model. The Audi RS2 is a true sportsman based on the Audi 80 Avant which originated from a collaboration between Audi and Porsche. Audi had in 1993 a number of Audi 80 Avants in stock of which too many were produced. The 80 Avant unfortunately sold less well than Audi had hoped and in the same period it went bad at Porsche with the sales of the Porsche 911. So much so that Porsche threatened to go bankrupt if nothing would change in the short term. This gave Audi the idea to give Porsche the assignment to build the fastest station wagon in existence, but then a station wagon that remained comfortable enough for daily use. This created a great history from which many successful Audi RS models have arisen.
Less than 40,000 miles? This has to be one of the lowest mileage RS 2 Avants for sale out there. Most that I’ve run across have over 75,000 miles with one clocking in at 131,000 and are the RS Pearl Blue Effect (Nogaro Blue). I don’t know the color number breakdown but Polar Silver has to be low (I know someone will correct me on that).
It’s parked on the showroom floor next to a new RS 4 Avant. Checking Audi.de‘s website, I see the RS 4 Avant starts at €80,000 ($99,074 USD). I was able to option on up to €105,150 ($130,211 USD). Whew. The RS 2 Avant seems like a bargain now.