What is Quattro?

The Audi quattro was introduced in 1980 and has since become a prominent feature for Audi. Quattro has been fine tuned across the entire range bringing, performance and sportiness to your everyday needs.

Since we can be faced with unpredictable circumstances, quattro offers stability, superior traction and enhanced grip no matter what the terrain or weather.

From ice and snow to slippery or loose ground, quattro expertly adjusts the wheel grip to ensure a smooth and safe drive. With instantaneous reaction and the power to each wheel modified according to the terrain and condition, you're left feeling completely in control.

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Quattro Performance - Not just for the SUV models.

Audi quattro system makes use of a centre differential, which is a component made up of rotating gears with two output shafts, that enables the engine’s torque to be divided between the wheels even if they are rotating at different speeds. When a slip is detected, torque is split 50:50 from the front to the rear in order to provide greater stability.

Explore the four corners of Quattro

We've summarised within a brief description below, how Quattro operates across the entire Audi range.

Multi-Plate Clutch

Models include:
A3, Q3 and TT

Found on Audi's that have a transverse mounted engine. This state-of-the-art technology will constantly review the traction and driving conditions and adapt accordingly to its surroundings.

Self-locking Centre Differential

Models include:
A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, SQ5 and Q7

Power is equally distributed to front and rear wheels but the system's ongoing analysis means that 100% of the power will be sent to the front or rear depending what the road conditions require.​

All-Wheel Drive

Models include:

The R8 quattro all-wheel drive sends the majority of torque to the rear wheels but will adjust to the conditions presented and will send up to 100% of power to the front or rear as needed.


Models include:
A4 allroad, A6 allroad and Q5

Analysing atomspheric conditions, driving dynamics and driver behaviour. Our quattro on-demand system alternates between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.

Quattro History

Find out more about Audi quattro and where it all began by watching the below video.

Quattro Technology

Discover how quattro all-wheel drive technology delivers driving confidence in all conditions.

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