12. Audi RS2 Avant
Despite the looks of the old, early ’90s Audi station wagon, the RS2 Avant is a serious performance machine. In fact, it could destroy almost anything, not only in a boulevard drag race but also on the racetrack. Under the dull and unassuming body lies some serious rally technology delivering exceptional performance. The RS2 was the first in a long line of Audi performance station wagons that brought consumers those supercars with long roofs like the RS6.
However, the RS2 is where it all started. The engineers at Audi took the famous, inline five-cylinder turbo engine with 2.2-liters and 315 HP and put it in the most uninspiring body style they could find — the station wagon. On top of all that, they sprinkled it with Quattro all-wheel-drive magic and added a manual transmission.
Finally, they sent all that over to Porsche for a precision final assembly. The result was the RS2, with a 4.8 second time to go from 0 to 60 mph. It had divine road holding in its early ’90s form. Unfortunately, Audi limited the production, so if you see one of those cars at the stoplight, you know you’ll get left in the dust.