Back in 1994, Audi introduced a new high performance model that set the standard for the German automaker with models to come in the future wearing the S- and RS- nameplate. It was called the RS2 and Audi partnered with Porsche to create a wide range of sport oriented parts such as engine tuning, exterior design details, forged wheels, and sporty interior upgrades. The sports car was an instant hit and wore a special Nogaro blue paint that is highly sought after today. Now, 20 years after the first Audi RS2 was unveiled, the German automaker is paying homage to the car that essentially started the S- and RS-models with a new Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro Selection. The new super wagon includes a wide range of upgrades such as new paint, forged wheels, exterior details, and interior sport upgrades.
The new Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro Selection uses the same 4.2-liter, high-revving V-8 engine that is found in the stock model. The naturally-aspirated engine is a bit bigger and more powerful than the original 2.2-liter turbocharged inline-five cylinder engine that was used in the Audi RS2, although Quattro all-wheel drive still spins all four of the forged wheels like it did 20 years ago. The 4.2-liter V-8 engine can send a whopping 450 horsepower at 8,250 RPM and 317.15 lb-ft. from 4,000 to 6,000 RPM to all four forged wheels, allowing the wagon to accelerate to 62 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph.
The exterior of the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro Selection is different from the other factory models. A Nogaro blue pearl paint covers the entire body. A high gloss black single frame grille sits up front and the same color finish adorns the window surrounds while matte black is worn by the roof rack. The factory rims and tire setup was replaced with a new set of forged wheels with a split five-spoke design. Behind the wheels are painted brake calipers wearing RS logos.
Inside, the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro Selection features a number of upgrades aimed at paying homage to the classic RS2. Blue alcantara inserts are stitched into the front seats along with blue thread and black Nappa leather. Blue has even been wound into the carbon fiber trim to create a unique blue tint.