The track record

  • Almost 10.5 million cars with quattro drive systems produced since 1980
  • Total in 2019: 804,224 quattro models built worldwide, 258,765 of which in Germany
  • quattro technology is standard in all high-performance Audis

The mechanical quattro technologies

  • A wide-ranging array of technologies: quattro permanent all-wheel drive, quattro with ultra technology for models with longitudinal front-mounted engines, plus sport differential for many top models
  • quattro with multi-plate clutch for models with transverse engines and the R8 sports car

Electric all-wheel drive

  • Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback feature two separately controlled electric motors
  • Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback prototypes have thee electric motors, each with two electric motors on the rear axle, featuring electric torque vectoring

The technical milestones

  • 1980 to 1999: original quattro in 1980 and Sport quattro in 1984 with manually locking center differential; Torsen differential in 1986; TT and A3 with quattro drive systems in 1999
  • 2000 to 2020: center differential with asymmetric, dynamic power distribution in 2005; Audi R8 with viscous coupling in 2007; sport differential in 2008; quattro with ultra technology in 2016

quattro in motorsports

  • 1980s: four titles in the World Rally Championship from 1982 to 1984; three victories in the Pikes Peak hill climb from 1985 to 1987; then major success in the Trans-Am and IMSA GTO series in the USA
  • 1990s: drivers’ championships in the DTM in 1990 and 1991; seven titles in the Super Touring category in a single season in 1996
  • 2010s: three Le Mans victories and four WEC titles for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro