It was two years ago that Audi Sport tipped its corporate cap to the Nogaro Blue paint shade of its legendary RS2, launching the Anniversary Pack for its RS models on what was the car’s 25th birthday. But for whatever reason, the UK was left out of the celebrations - until now that is. A UK-only Nogaro Edition for 2021 has just been announced, available with the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and Sportback, as well as the RS6 Avant and the TT RS, the Nogaro Edition is essentially a belated Anniversary Pack.
If the matching colour weren't proof enough, just 25 examples of each model are offered, as per the earlier special edition. And, er, the press pictures are the same. Even down to the 2019-appropriate anniversary date. But we’ll forgive the manufacturer because Nogaro Blue is unquestionably one of the coolest shades out there, having earned its name from the former French Grand Prix track and being synonymous with the OG of super-estates, co-developed with Porsche with that thumping 315hp 2.2-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine. It’s a PH Hero, obviously.
Handily, Audi Sport’s current crop of RS models stay pretty true to the form set by the 1994 RS2, so each feels worthy of the blue paintwork, black alloys (of 20 inch diameters for all but the RS6, which gets 22-inch rims) and RS-badged red brake calipers. In a nod to the RS2’s details, each example wears matt aluminium trim, while the oval exhaust tailpipes are finished in black. Inside, there’s denim blue stitching against fine Nappa or Valcona leather on the seats, with extra standard-fit leather on other sections and alongside flashes of Nogaro Blue. Alcantara is wrapped around the steering wheel and gear selector, and Audi throws in its top-spec Bang & Olufsen sound system, as well as a reversing camera and it’s hands-free opening tailgate on the Avants.
A fitting homage then, even if it’s two years late to the party. Not that this will bother the fanbase, because with only 25 examples of each model being produced, you’re unlikely to see another on the road anytime soon. As for prices, the TT RS Audi Sport Nogaro Edition opens from £67,765 (that’s ten-grand more than the RS Sport Edition, for reference), while the RS 4 version costs from £80,840. Both RS5 bodystyles start at £85,305, while the Nogaro-spec RS6 is £115,240 – some £22.5k more than the ‘base’ version. Nogaro Blue has never come cheap, but it’s always been special. We wouldn’t hang about if you want one.
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