10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

Audi RS2 Avant

Audi’s impressive wagon was the first car to be designated with the “RS” initials. In the mid-90s, the RS2 was capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. For reference, the modern RS4 does that sprint in 4.7 seconds. To say the RS2 was impressive is an understatement. Built by Porsche, the RS2 featured a 311-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

We couldn’t get something like the RS2 Avant for nearly 20 years, when the B7 Audi RS4 finally hit the US in 2007. A nice consolation prize, Americans were late to the party when it came to superfast Audi wagons, and missed the premier model entirely.

  • Rickers

    I thought you could buy the AWD turbo Celica here….

  • Jeff T

    Great pics autoguide! The American market is an odd one though.

  • Laurentino

    Definitely the alfaromeo 8c, lancia delta integrale and Toyota hilux, also the new ford ranger T5 in diesel engine options.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    Oh I totally agree about the new Ford Ranger! That should have been sold here too,

  • Jake

    Hands down Skyline should have been #1. I’m thinking that will be my next vehicle purchase when they start becoming legal here in the states in 5-7 years.

  • Laurentino

    Yeap also the Toyota trueno and the Nissan patrol the 3rd generation until the latest one the 6th generation.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I didn’t rank these in any particular order Jake, but if I did, I think you’d be right with the Skyline GT-R as #1. I hear Canadians are already starting to import them! Lucky Canucks!

  • Willem Rodenburg

    They forgot the sickest car at the moment! The Audi RS6! These C5, C6, and the mighty C7!

  • Rickers

    I always thought the 8C was sold here.. they’re just so rare. Basically a Ferrari California… but MUCH better looking.

  • Winston

    Three words: Land Rover Defender!

  • Austerror

    Don’t forget the Cosmo had two engines to choose. Twin rotor or the triple rotor 20b. The 300hp figures were a conservative figure as that was the agreement at the time in Japan.

    Yes I do own a 20b Cosmo.