The S2 was the first of a new breed of Audis, developed to rival the likes of BMW's M-Power and Mercedes-Benz's AMG model ranges. Based on the standard 80 Coupe, the S2 had tuned suspension and a turbocharged 2.2-liter (136 cu in) engine, developing 220 bhp. That was enough to power the Audi from 0-60 mph in less than 60 seconds and give it a top speed of almost 150 mph. S cars were easily identified by their unique color schemes and chrome-effect door mirrors, which distinguished them from more ordinary models. Initially, the Quattro badging was left off the cars in deference to the UR Quattro, which ceased production in the year the S2 was launched. But it made a comeback in 1992, when Audi expanded the S2 designation to the saloon and Avant versions of the 80. An even wilder model, the RS2, appeared in 1994 and was developed with the help of Porsche.
Audi S2 Quattro Specifications
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