When it launched in 1994, it became both a world’s fastest estate and a initial Audi to pound a 250 km/h barrier. The Audi RS2 Avant total a space of a family automobile with a really special, turbocharged pushing knowledge – and it was grown collaboratively by Audi and Porsche. Ever given Ferdinand Porsche determined his pattern engineering bureau in Stuttgart in 1931, a name Porsche has been closely related to patron growth projects. Through Porsche Engineering, a 100 per cent auxiliary of Porsche AG, this tradition has valid a longstanding success, with a group providing innovative solutions and a high grade of imagination in digitalisation.
Back in a Nineties, outmost growth projects were gripping a Porsche group bustling during economically severe times. So when Ingolstadt-based Audi came adult with a thought for a automobile to boost a picture and keep adult with a BMW M3, it incited to Porsche. The partnership resulted in a RS2 Avant – and an event for Porsche to share all that is special about a code with Audi customers. Twenty 5 years after a final RS Avant was produced, Ralf Friese, a corporate historian during Audi, meets Michael Hölscher, who was conduct of a RS2 plan during Porsche, during a Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. Friese arrives in a Tropic Green RS2 from Ingolstadt, while a Porsche Museum has wheeled out a Viola Metallic 964. Components from both a 964 and 993 era of a Porsche 911 were used in a RS2, including a indicators, haze lights and a almost light bar.
Hölscher – who has clocked adult 32 years during Porsche – describes how a RS2 plan came about: “A few years earlier, we had combined a 500 E indication together with Mercedes-Benz and this had increased a form as a growth use provider interjection to fast, high-quality results. Today, a code can demeanour behind on 90 years of patron developments,” he says, walking turn a record-breaking Audi. In 1993, Audi had announced a high-performance sports estate during a IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main and a automobile launched a following Mar – on time, notwithstanding a parsimonious report and budget. In what were economically severe times, a plan was a hit.
“I’m gay to expostulate this pleasing car” continues Hölscher. “With a comparatively low prolongation series of 2,891 units, it is a singular steer nowadays.” His group constructed a RS2 in Zuffenhausen’s ancestral Rössle building – a same site where a Mercedes-Benz 500 E was built 30 years ago. Audi supposing embellished physique tools and appendage tools and Porsche took caring of a rest, with a dual partners handling a logistical hurdles with ease. “We were obliged for new tools and growth services, while Audi took caring of physique tools and components that could be eliminated from other models. It was an sparkling partnership that brought about zero nonetheless advantages for both companies,” says Hölscher.
The estate – with a 2.2-litre true five-cylinder engine, all-wheel expostulate and 315 PS – valid argumentative to some since of a turbocharger. “Back afterwards and to this day, a strong, design-based turbocharger loiter puts a motorist underneath a certain volume of pressure. Quite a few drivers were not terribly lustful of a remarkable push, while unapproachable RS2 owners have always desired a turbocharger. The turbocharged engine’s response characteristics are sensational, many of all from a reduce engine speed range,” Hölscher explains, as he gets behind a circle of a Audi and a span – both motorcycling fans – conduct for a expostulate along a former Solitude racetrack, a circuitous march west of Stuttgart. For Friese, it’s his initial time pushing a 911 and he after describes his tour in a 964 as a “completely new pushing experience”. “A whole new universe for me,” he grins, visibly thrilled.
Inside a RS2, Hölscher recalls a Porsche tools that were integrated into a Audi or grown from blemish in Zuffenhausen: a 17-inch light-alloy wheels borrowed from a Cup car, a extraneous mirrors with their new counterpart bottom design, a red high-performance brakes, Porsche lettering in a RS logo, a front and back bumpers, dials and a doorway openers. “Around 20 per cent of a RS2 stems from Porsche,” he estimates. His group essentially re-engineered a engine with new parts. “We found it essential to make a Porsche impression immediately conspicuous and a associations clear.”
“The RS2 was a initial Audi that was not electronically limited, even nonetheless it reached speeds of some-more than 250 km/h. The speedometer scale goes adult to 300 km/h, nonetheless a vehicle’s tip speed is 262 km/h,” continues Friese, a historian who has worked during Audi Tradition for 14 years. “The speedometer goes adult to 300 km/h and a automobile maxes out during 262 km/h,” he adds, vehemence about a family sports car’s longitudinal dynamics, while pushing by Stuttgart’s vicinity in a classical 911. The estate sprints from a delay to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and generates a limit torque of 410 Nm. As a result, Hölscher delights in a parsimonious turns that make adult a former racetrack during Glemseck nearby Leonberg – as does Friese, in a Porsche. Both sojourn wordless until a finish of a trip, immersing themselves wholly in a cars’ stroke – one enjoying a turbocharger, a other his initial float in a 911. It proves to be a tour by time for them both.
“The tour was good fun. It seemed like aged times, some-more than a entertain of a century ago. It’s noble to knowledge how this automobile can still keep adult with contemporary models – and it does so in a really sporty fashion,” says Hölscher, as he sums adult what was once a world’s fastest sports estate – a automobile that many still impute to as a ‘Audi Porsche RS2’.