Audi RS2 | Reader's Car of the Week

We’ve been pining after the Audi RS2 since last November, when Matt was reminded of how brilliant a Nogaro Blue Porsche-fettled 80 can look and feel on a wintry B-road – even in the company of one of today’s best alternatives. It was a welcome blast from the past to emphasise that you really don’t need some jacked-up SUV if high speed and practicality are top of the priority list. The 315hp five-cylinder RS2 is, as it was when new, a poster boy for the performance wagon breed, so one that’s in need of TLC is undoubtedly worthy of some attention.

That’s certainly what PHer phumy is providing his green RS2, a 1995 model that looked, when he purchased it in 2015, as if it had been found on the top deck of the Titanic wreck. To call the underside rusty would be an understatement; see the flaking skin of a strut and the orangey brown hue of the wishbones for evidence of just how oxidised the belly was. So this year, to ensure the car made it into the next decade, let alone survived another quarter of a century, phumy set out to put things right.

This is where the story gets really interesting, because rather than pulling off the orange bits and replacing them with new metal, this PHer has done the admirable thing and had anything that can be saved sandblasted. This includes the Porsche brake calipers, wishbones and beams, which have then been protected and, where possible, had polybushes added. Think of this as both an underside restoration and slight upgrade, then.

The rest of the car’s lower half is receiving similar levels of attention; from the gorgeous 968 CS-mimicking wheels, the arches and just about everything in between, it’s all being carefully refreshed and protected. The work’s making for a thread to put a smile on everyone’s faces – whether you’re a Rallye Sport aficionado or not we guarantee you’ll take joy from the saving of such a special fast estate. Thanks phumy for giving this one another lease of life and documenting it so well on PH!

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