From the full on Audi R8 supercar to the cheap and cheerful coupé S2, fast Audi's aren't hard to find on the used car market. Here's our pick of the best for every budget.
1 - £11,500 - Audi RS2 Avant (1994-1995)
The RS2 was actually the result of a tie-up between Porsche and Audi, and all the clues are there. It sits on Porsche wheels, has door mirrors from a 911, Porsche motifs on the badges and even an inlet manifold built at Porsche’s factory. In many ways it’s as much a Porsche as an Audi, and in terms of performance it certainly has more in common with a Porsche than an Audi 80.
It was powered by Audi’s five-cylinder turbo engine, but in a heavily revised format. A bigger turbo, better breathing and a host of internal changes meant the engine now produced 311bhp, while a 40mm drop in ride height and the braking set-up from a 911 necessitated that switch to bigger wheels. The results were pretty spectacular, however.
The RS2 had supercar performance, hitting 60mph from rest in 4.8sec and pushing on to more than 160mph.
If you fancy getting your hands on an RS2, you’ll have to hunt around. Just under 3000 cars were manufactured during the two-year life of the model, of which only 180 were right-hand drive and not all of those came to the UK. If you do find one, however, it won’t be cheap, with the best examples commanding something in the region of £15,000.
For You can pretend it’s a Porsche
Against It’s not
2 - £13,000 - Audi ur-Quattro (1980-1991)
For folks of a certain age, the ultimate fast Audi is the ur-Quattro. The Quattro was initially conceived as a short-run homologation special to facilitate the model’s participation in the World Rally Championship. The first run of cars came with left-hand drive only, but the right-hand-drive models arrived on UK shores in August 1982.
In the end, nearly 12,000 examples were made during the car’s 11-year production run, but don’t expect to find a bargain. Demand remains high, so expect to start shopping at around £13,000, although in order to get a choice and be looking at the best examples, you’ll want something closer to £20,000 spare.
For You can use it every day
Against Getting more expensive all the time, both to buy and to run
3 - £150,000 - Audi Sport Quattro (1984-1986)
Built to satisfy the homologation requirements to allow it to compete in Group B rallying, the Sport Quattro had 12 and a half inches chopped out of the wheelbase, wider rear wheel arches and power hiked to 306bhp.
To improve weight distribution, the engine was aluminium rather than steel, and Kevlar was employed in the bodyshell. Only around 220 cars were built, and this, along with the fact that they all have a strong motorsport heritage, keeps prices high. Realistically, you need around £150,000 to get taken seriously, but one of the best examples around is currently on the market for £495,000.
For Genuine exclusivity
Against Millionaires only
4 - £5000 - Audi Coupé S2 (1990-1995)
Expectations were high for the first production model to wear the ‘S’ badge. The 2.2-litre five-cylinder turbo engine gave the coupé 150mph potential and a sub-6.0sec 0-60mph sprint time, with the quattro four-wheel drive system ensuring that none of the car’s 217bhp struggled to reach the asphalt. The S2 wasn’t thought to be as good to drive as the figures suggested, however, although revised steering, more power and a six-speed gearbox improved things in 1992.