Audi RS2 – Ollie Kew
The Audi RS2 Avant is a turbo lag hero; its Porsche-fettled 2.2-litre, 20-valve 5cyl engine developing 300lb ft at 3,000rpm. Most current engines have already been at max boost for 1,500rpm by the time they spin past three grand. The RS2’s 311bhp sucker-punch wasn’t on tap until 6,500rpm. As a result, the RS2 is two cars. There’s the RS2 below 3,000rpm, which is a docile, creaky estate within which you pootle along. Then there’s the RS2 above 3,000rpm, which seems to exist only in the bullet-time scene from The Matrix. It wants to spin all four wheels in the dry. It wants to get you from 0–60mph in 4.8 seconds. Apparently this thing did 0–30mph quicker than a McLaren F1 back in the day. And it had space for five.