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The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is an Audi cornerstone. Now Audi is making it even better – with new models and new technologies. quattro in an electrified powertrain represents a completely new concept for the mobility of the future.

Basic Information

  • 02/17/16
    Technology

    quattro with ultra technology – the permanently available all-wheel drive system

    Audi opens a new chapter in the history of quattro: The new quattro with ultra technology combines driving dynamics and safety with high efficiency, making the all-wheel drive system fit for the future. The system is designed for numerous Audi models with longitudinally mounted front engines. An initial variant will debut in the new Audi A4 allroad quattro* in mid-2016. * The fuel consumption and emission values of all models available on the German market and named in this text are listed in the last chapter of this basic information.
  • 02/22/05
    Technology

    25 years of Audi quattro

    Precisely 25 years ago, a car that was to change the automobile engineering world went on display for the first time: on March 3, 1980 the first Audi quattro was shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Before long, the many competition successes achieved by this model established a heritage of success that has remained undimmed by time.

Recent Press Releases

  • 07/11/14
    Company

    Six-millionth Audi with quattro drive

    Jubilee at Audi: The six-millionth Audi with quattro drive rolls off the production line at the Ingolstadt plant today – only about one and a half years after the five-millionth quattro. Audi will deliver the jubilee car, an Audi SQ5* in monsoon gray metallic, to a family in the United States. This new production record demonstrates the global success of Audi quattro. Since the original quattro, the first Audi with permanent all-wheel drive in the year 1980, this technology has conquered the roads of the world. With approximately 170 quattro versions, the brand with the Four Rings offers the biggest selection of all-wheel drive vehicles amongst the premium manufacturers.
  • 03/24/11
    Technology

    The Audi e-tron quattro – the next-generation quattro

    Audi is developing the quattro drive of the future: the e-tron quattro. This concept from Audi combines the advantages of the proven quattro drive system with the potential of electric mobility. The plug-in hybrid with a combustion engine and two electric motors affords especially efficient operating modes and new possibilities in quattro driving dynamics. The new hybrid drive is currently undergoing testing in a winter environment on Swedish testing grounds.
  • 05/04/10
    Technology

    quattro – 30 years of Vorsprung durch Technik

    Dieter Weidemann, quattro Drivetrain Development Steffen Zäpfel, Stability Control Systems Development
  • 09/06/07
    Technology

    Dynamism redefined

    With its active sport differential, Audi elevates the road dynamics of cars with quattro permanent four-wheel drive to a new level. An innovative regulating system distributes torque from the engine in continuously variable proportions between the rear wheels. This greatly enhances agility, driving pleasure and active driving safety. The controlled power flow enables the car to take corners even more directly and responsively, and to retain its directional stability considerably longer. Understeer becomes a thing of the past. This new high-tech device from the inventors of quattro permanent four-wheel drive will be available from 2008 onwards.
  • 07/11/07
    Technology

    quattro hits the heights

    Of the many rally victories recorded by Audi in the 1980s, the last one was particularly memorable: 20 years ago, on 11 July 1987, Walter Röhrl and his Audi Sport quattro S1 won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the US state of Colorado. Following Audi’s withdrawal from the World Rally Championship in the previous year, this success marked the seamless transition of “Vorsprung durch Technik” into series production. After the company retired from rallying, quattro technology continued its success story on the road – Audi has sold 2.5 million cars with permanent four-wheel drive up to the present day.

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