Quattro

Audi Quattro

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Experience quattro

Audi’s all-wheel drive technology, quattro, was first fitted to the revolutionary Audi quattro Rally car in 1980, and has been synonymous with the German manufacturer ever since. The all-wheel drive system delivers improved performance, safety and sporting action to your drive.

Available across the entire Audi range, quattro offers superior traction in extreme as well as everyday driving conditions, providing 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.

Visit your nearest Jardine Motors showroom to test drive a quattro model and experience the power and performance for yourself.

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The clever bit

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.

Discover the difference

From compact (S1) to sports models (R8), quattro is available across the entire Audi model range on selected trims and engines. So, you can team your model of choice with this superb technology for a stylish performance on any surface.

Explore the four corners of quattro

Hydraulic multi-plate clutch

This quattro system is found on smaller, compact Audi's that have a transverse mounted engine, such as the A1 and TT. Boasting a front wheel bias, the state-of-the-art technology will continually review the traction and driving conditions to adapt accordingly, and when required send up to 100% of the power to the rear wheels.

Hydraulic multi-plate clutch is available on the A1, A3, Q3 and TT ranges.

Self-locking centre differential

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 the rear depending what the road conditions require.

Self-locking centre differential is available on the A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7 ranges.

R8 quattro all-wheel drive

A mid-engined car, the R8 warrants its own quattro system. Unlike the rest of the quattro range, the R8 quattro all-wheel drive sends the majority of torque to the rear wheels (around 85% of the power typically) but will adjust to the conditions presented and will send up to 100% of power to the front or rear as needed. This power ratio helps the car feel more agile and sportier, than a conventional all-wheel drive.

R8 quattro all-wheel drive is available on the R8.

quattro on-demand

quattro on-demand analyses atmospheric conditions, driving dynamics as well as driver behaviour and uses this intelligence to alternate between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. The switch between the two is done in a split second ensuring that you, the driver, receive a smooth driver. Switching between the two modes, rather than staying in all-wheel driver, can lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

quattro on-demand is available on the A4 allroad quattro.

For more information on the quattro range visit your nearest showroom and chat with one of the Jardine team to find your preferred model.

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