Audi S2 (1990 – 1995) Review

Audi S2 (1990 – 1995) At A Glance


+Thrilling five-cylinder turbo performance, effectively a more refined quattro 20V, available at reasonable prices

-Some parts are hideously expensive and hard to get hold of, lacks the kudos of the original quattro

Launched in 1990, the turbocharged four-wheel drive Audi S2 was the replacement for the original quattro. So it had a lot to live up to. It was based on the 1988 Coupe, and powered by the brilliant 2.2-litre 20V five-cylinder engine used in the Audi 200 and run-out quattros. Original power output was 217bhp, which was enough to push the new coupe to almost 150mph - a barrier breached in 1992 with the first facelift, where the S2 received an uprated 230bhp power unit.

The S2 was originally offered in coupe form only, but in 1993, the saloon (limited run with a mere 306 built) and Avant models were added to the range, considerably adding to the S2's appeal and meaning it would go head-to-head with the BMW M3. These later facelifted models may have looked almost identical to the 1990 original, but were extensively re-engineered under the skin. It was this car that also provided the basis for the 1994-'95 Audi Avant RS2.

Ask Honest John

A driver that hit my car claims it wasn't him - do I need to do anything other than make a claim?

"On the 30 May 2017, an Audi S2 collided with my parked Alfa Romeo Sportwagon outside my house. It had to be written off. I have time-coded photos of the damaged Audi. It now seems that the other party is claiming to have been out of the country at the time and is therefore disputing liability. Do I simply complete our insurer's (Churchill) forms and let the insurers slug it out among themselves or do I need to involve a loss adjuster or claims handler?"
There's no way the other party can dispute liability if their vehicle caused damage to yours. The important thing is that they're insured, as it's under that contract of insurance that you're covered under the Road Traffic Act. Ask your insurer to contact the at fault party's insurer, advising that they require to inspect the other party's vehicle to carry out a causation report. They can then establish whether that vehicle has been involved in a collision with your vehicle. It is possible another vehicle has been on fake plates and hit your vehicle, and the other person is telling the truth, but should they have damage to their vehicle this will quickly unfold. You can then leave it with your insurers. Alternatively, issue proceedings directly against the driver of the other vehicle and put them in a position where they will be in contempt of court for lying under oath. This is a much more severe situation to be in than they may have envisaged.
Answered by Tim Kelly

Where can I sell my 1991 Audi S2 coupe?

"I currently own an Audi S2 coupe quattro with a 2.2 turbo-charged engine. The car was first registered on 3 May 1991 and has been owned by me since first registration. The current mileage is just over 123,000 miles. It has been serviced regularly and is in very good condition. The colour is usually described as "white", though, officially it is "champagne pearl". Having bought an Audi A5 3.0-litre car, I cannot justify keeping the S2 as it will not get the outings that it deserves. I have had a number of people express admiration for the car (as they should!) and then, when they realise that the car is owned by a woman, they have offered a silly price for it. I do, however, think that this is a car for an Audi enthusiast and my question is this: what would be the best place(s) to advertise it for sale and, if you are able to say, what would be sensible guide price?"
There are two clubs: and And there's the S2 forum: There are a few on there at between £3000 and £3400, maybe more. Or you could take the classic auction route: or Do not let anyone ‘test drive’ it without first checking that they are insured to do so. Most policies no longer cover driving other cars.
Answered by Honest John
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