Spawned two decades ago, the Audi Avant RS2 is the iconic progenitor to all of the models in the contemporary RS range.
And to celebrate its existence, Audi has released a special edition version of its RS4 Avant. The Nogaro edition is named after the distinctive blue paintwork of the original RS2: Nogaro blue.
The changes are limited to aesthetics. It has the blue exterior colour and on the inside, you can also have Nogaro blue seat and door upholstery inserts. Or you could play it safe and opt for black. Special badges on the gear lever knob and door sills differentiate it from the non-Nagaro siblings.
Power remains the same, at 331kW and 430Nm of torque courtesy of a 4.2-litre V8 engine. The RS4 has a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 280km/h.
Now, if you didn’t know about the RS2, here’s a quick history lesson. It was born in 1992 and Audi developed it together with Porsche. You’ll spot that connection in those alloy wheels and the 911-derived side mirrors. Power came form a 2.2-litre five-cylinder engine, strapped with a turbocharger. The results were explosive even by 2014’s standards: 232kW and 410Nm of torque. This was mated to a six-speed manual transmission and in typical Audi fashion, power was sent to all four wheels. Only 2908 units were produced.
Audi of South Africa hasn’t confirmed whether the RS4 Avant Nogaro will be coming to our shores.