The dynamic chassis and suspension of the Audi allroad quattro concept is based throughout on sporting, proven technology, featuring an enhanced four-arm front axle in typical Audi configuration and the track-controlled trapezoid-arm rear axle carried over from both the Audi A8 and the A6.
Technology of this kind ensures a standard of driving behavior unparalleled in its dynamics and setting the benchmark also in terms of easy control on rough terrain. Ease of control is also ensured by servotronic speed-related power assistance featured as standard and adding even more sensitive steering precision to the already precise handling of the allroad quattro concept.
Complete with adaptive air suspension
The first-generation Audi allroad quattro already provided clear proof of the all-round qualities of Audi’s air suspension system. Now the allroad quattro concept, like the current A6 and A8, features the latest generation of adaptive air suspension for an even higher standard of perfection on the road. Indeed, this combination of air suspension and electronic damper control offers the perfect synthesis of truly sporty handling and supreme suspension comfort. And as an essential point on an off-roader, ground clearance is variable to four levels ranging from a minimum of 160 millimeters to a maximum of 210 millimeters.
Via the central Multi Media Interface (MMI), the driver can choose among three different suspension settings ranging from the very sporty to comfortable.
The automatic mode provides the perfect all-round set-up, lowering the body of the car by 20 millimeters at a road speed of 120 km/h versus the normal ride height of 180 millimeters. This change in the ride level not only lowers the center of gravity, but also helps to minimize air resistance at high speeds and reduce fuel consumption accordingly.
The comfort setting provides gentle spring action and superior long-distance comfort. In this case the car is not lowered as a function of speed on fast roads and highways.
Suspension performance in the dynamic mode is comparable to that of a sports suspension, keeping the entire car 20 millimeters lower at all times.
Following the request of the driver, adaptive air suspension serves additionally in the lift mode to consistently maintain maximum ride height of 210 millimeters for enhanced safety and handling on rough terrain. At a speed of more than 100 km/h, the vehicle is then lowered automatically to its normal level.
Pressing a button next to the instrument cluster, the driver is also able to choose his ground clearance manually on four different levels. In that case the automatic control mechanism will only intervene if the ride height – and, as a result, the center of gravity – chosen endangers the standard of driving safety.
The continuously variable dampers are adjusted automatically to the route profile and the driver’s style of motoring in all selection modes and ranges.
Body level is kept consistently at the same point regardless of the load the vehicle is carrying by means of full-bearing air springs both front and rear.
A further special feature of air suspension specific to the system is that the occupants enjoy the same high standard of vibration control at all times, again regardless of the load the vehicle is carrying, with spring firmness consistently adjusting to the overall weight of the vehicle.
The equipment, data and prices stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. Subject to amendment; errors and omissions excepted.