Audi is world-renowned for superb quality in build, longevity and performance, and one feature that has stood the test of time is the quattro drive system.
Revolutionary when it first appeared, quattro is Audi's four-wheel drive system that cleverly distributes the power to the wheels that need it the most, exactly when they need it. Even in poor conditions, quattro is able to keep your car on the road by supplying the grip on tricky surfaces when you need it.
Since its introduction in 1980, quattro has been a world leader in four-wheel drive technology, and when first used on the Audi quattro sports car, it helped the brand become one of the dominant forces in rallying, winning the World Rally Championship title in 1982 and 1984. The road car that accompanied it became one of the most iconic cars of the 1980s.
Since then, quattro has become a mainstay as a feature among the Audi vehicle range, with it featuring either as standard or an option on the entire Audi range - from the A1 supermini, through the A4 Allroad, all the way up to the R8 V10 supercar.
With three variations of the system, quattro is incredibly adaptable. On smaller vehicles, such as the A1 and A3, the system uses a hydraulic multi-plate clutch that suits the transverse positioning of the engine and constantly adapts to the road to give you confidence and handling assurances.
The self-locking central differential option is fitted to models with longitudinally-mounted engines, such as the A4, A6 and Q7. This format splits the power asymmetrically so that the perfect balance across all four wheels can be achieved. A sports differential is fitted to help split the power between the rear wheels and help with better handling and offer a more dynamic driving experience.
A third option - R8 quattro all-wheel drive - is fitted exclusively to the R8 V10 supercar. This flexibly distributes torque between the front and rear axles to give the best balance depending on driving conditions and the situation.