Member car 2
In 1998 I had to part with an excellent 1990 XR4x4. Although a superb car, it was showing its age and costing too much in replacement parts. I had also started a family and needed a larger car to ferry the clutter around. I was therefore on the look out for a new 4×4 sports estate. I had noticed that a local garage had advertised an S2 for about 6 months and Click for larger Picturethe price was starting to fall. The car was a 1994 S2 estate, one owner (Lex Lease) with FSH and 45,00 miles on the clock, but had been stolen and recovered. It has a full spec with a/c, leather, sunroof and dark green metallic paint. With no obvious damage I had it inspected and HPI searched and all was well. I bought it at a bargain price and to date have loved it. At first my wife had thought I had gone very sensible and middle aged. I stressed the safety of the 4X4 system and the practicality of an estate. However, after a few journeys she realised that the S2 was a bit of a sleeper that could be very very scary. Some months later I put it on a rolling road to find out the condition of the engine. To my surprise it was pulling 301 lbft @ 4000 rpm and 283 bhp @ 5600 rpm in a curve very similar to the RS2. A standard S2 of this should see 230 bhp and 260 lbft. I found that the Turbo is off an RS2 but the ECU and wastegate are normal S2 items. There is no explanation for why the turbo has been changed but I understand that an RS2 left Germany Click for larger picturewith an S2 spec turbo. Perhaps Friday afternoon cars are produced at Ingolstadt after all, although the threat of being taken outside and shot would be enough to stop this kind of sloppy practice. The S2 is excellent as long as the revs are kept above 2,500. Above 3,500 rpm and with the throttle to the floor, nappies are required, especially round corners. The estate is heavy and the suspension allows roll which can be very irritating. In a straight line the shocks/spring combination is a bit too firm whilst the steering feedback is vague and slow. The S2 driving experience is probably therefore aimed at the German driving experience of smooth, sweeping roads at maximum speed and does not quite meet the demands of our own road system. Maintaining the car has been only slightly more expensive than the XR4x4. Services are expensive with Audi so its best if a local Audi specialist is used, unless you need that Audi stamp. Parts wise, I have had to replace the front radiator, air con and power steering pumps all Click for larger pictureunder warranty . Tyres are Yoko S1Zs and are lasting for 25,000 miles and appear to give good grip for their price. Shocks are very difficult to get hold of at short notice – they seem to be made to order whether they are Koni or Spax. The car is definitely not for posing in town. The gearbox and clutch is heavy and fuel consumption will just be touching 20 mpg. Normal fast cruising pushes it up to 28 mpg, helped by a useful 6th gear.This enables relaxed driving from 50- 80 mph but still allows rapid acceleration when used above 4000 rpm.