Permanent all-wheel drive quattro® power is distributed as needed to all four wheels providing high levels of active safety, and dependable traction on most driving surfaces as well as excellent road holding, even in cross-winds.
Nearly 30 years ago, the notion of a car with permanent four wheel drive was revolutionary. Audi called it quattro®quattro®Vorsprung durch Technik: quattro® technology stands for permanent power to all four wheels distributed between the front and rear axles.quattro® and its benefits would set a new benchmark for driver confidence and performance.
The simple, yet profound result of sending power to all wheels means that snow covered mountain roads, rain-slicked motorways and gravel-strewn country roads are no longer encountered with apprehension. While on smooth dry roads, quattro® offers a level of performance unachievable by two-wheel drive cars.
The advantage of all-wheel drive was most apparent when Audi introduced quattro® to the World Rally Championship. quattro® seemed to defy physics with startling acceleration and remarkable traction. The result was an astounding 24 wins and a number of World Championships. If that wasn’t enough of an endorsement for quattro®, it was later deemed an “unfair advantage” and banned from road racing altogether after repeatedly dominating the field.