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What is quattro?

quattro is our renowned all-wheel drive technology. Developed through Audi motorsport engineering, quattro is a cornerstone of our philosophy. Today it brings safety, sportiness and performance to everyday driving.

Since the debut of the Audi quattro in 1980, we've sold more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive. And now quattro is available across the entire Audi range.

With quattro you will experience directional stability, dynamism and agility as never before, while counteracting over and understeer without any problems.


quattro in all its forms

Using leading edge technology, quattro is designed to give you the superior driving performance, fuel efficiency and power in any weather or terrain. Distributing power to the wheel, the Audi quattro system ensures you not only stay safe and in control, but that you experience the best grip and traction when you need it the most.

grip, whatever the conditions

quattro all-wheel drive, provides outstanding grip in extreme and every day conditions.

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    quattro on ice and snow

    Ice can make even familiar roads treacherous. quattro delivers power where it's needed, helping you stay safe.

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    quattro on loose ground

    Loose ground means the grip of each wheel can change in an instant. quattro makes sure you stay in control.

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    quattro on a wet surface

    Slippery roads can cause loss of traction. quattro constantly analyses the grip of each wheel and the power they receive.

Drive with the quattro

The quattro range you don’t need to compromise on your choice of Audi to experience the benefits of quattro.

You don’t need to compromise on your choice of Audi to experience the benefits of quattro.

quattro is available across a range of Audi models, so it’s easier than you might think to feel the value of quattro every day.

  • Different types of quattro

  • Self-locking centre differential

    The self-locking centre differential has a 50:50 power bias dividing the torque equally between the front and rear wheels. The system constantly analyses road conditions and can send up to 100% of the power to the front or rear.
    Available on the following ranges: A4, A5, A6, A7 A8, SQ5, Q7

  • quattro on-demand

    quattro on-demand can switch between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive in a fraction of a second by monitoring driving dynamics, road conditions and driver behaviour. As a result, potential CO2 emissions and fuel consumption is reduced compared to a car with permanently engaged all-wheel drive. Yet you still have all the benefits of quattro, as the system is always ready to step in when needed.
    Available on the following model: A4 allroad quattro and Q5

  • Hydraulic multi-plate clutch

    Designed for models that have the engine mounted across the chassis. This system has a front wheel bias in normal driving conditions, but constantly analyses traction, sending up to 100% of the power to the rear wheels when needed.
    Available on the following ranges: A1, A3, Q3, TT

  • R8 quattro all-wheel drive

    Because the R8 is mid engined it has a different quattro configuration to the rest of the Audi range. It’s designed so that under general driving conditions the majority of the power is sent to the rear wheels, but depending on the driving situation and weather conditions, 100% of the torque can be distributed to the front or rear axles.
    Available on the following ranges: R8

Audi quattro sets standards in the age of electric mobility

For four decades, Audi has been setting the pace with permanent quattro all-wheel drive and with this, initiated a shift in powertrain technology in the automotive world and in motorsport. Now Audi are using the knowledge accumulated since 1980 for the next step. Electric quattro technology in the e-tron range marks the next milestone achievement in the age of electric mobility.


Audi has been driving quattro technology forward for 35 years

With more than eight million models produced with quattro technology, Audi is the most successful premium manufacturer of vehicles with permanent all-wheel drive worldwide.

Click below to find out more of the Audi quattro history.

The history of Audi quattro