quattro: The Audi all-wheel drive system


quattro: grip, whatever the weather

quattro is our renowned four-wheel-drive technology. But it's more than just a technology - quattro is a philosophy.

It stands for driving safety and sportiness, technical competence and a dynamic approach to life.

With quattro, optimal drive is delivered to each wheel for superior handling and phenomenal grip – even in less than perfect conditions.

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.

Affordable upgrade to quattro

You don't have to be a racing driver, or an off-roader to appreciate the benefits of quattro. The system provides superior traction and safety across all models, particularly in the rain and snow.

quattro is now available across the entire Audi range, and is more affordable than you might think. Keep an eye out for our latest quattro finance offers or speak to your local Audi Centre for more information.

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quattro for every journey

Everyday quattro

Even on perfect roads, quattro works to combine precise control with the dynamic responsiveness that makes driving an Audi so rewarding.

quattro in the rain

Slippery roads can cause loss of traction resluting in poor grip. quattro constantly analyses the grip from each of your Audi's four wheels, delivering power to each of them.

quattro in the rain

quattro on the ice and snow

Ice and snow can make even familiar roads treacherous. quattro means all four wheels work together, delivering power where it's needed and helping you stay on the road and stay safe.

quattro in the snow

quattro on the moon

We're supporting The Part-Time Scientists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition by sharing knowledge of technologies including quattro all-wheel drive technology. Learn about the Audi Mission to the Moon.


Different types of quattro

Hydraulic multi-plate clutch

Hydraulic multi-plate clutch quattro

Hydraulic multi-plate clutch quattro is designed for models where the engine is mounted across the chassis rather than lengthways. It constantly adapts to road conditions.
Models: A1/A3/Q3/TT

Self-locking centre differential

Self-locking centre differential quattro

Designed for models with a lengthways-fitted engine, the self-locking centre differential system splits power asymmetrically to achieve perfect balance between all four wheels.
Models: A4/A5/A6/A7/A8/Q5/Q7

Viscous coupling

Viscous coupling quattro

Light and compact, the viscous coupling system is ideal for sportier models such as the R8. Additional power cen be directed to the front wheels to handle difficult conditions.
Model: R8

quattro with Sports differential

quattro with Sports differential further enhances the quattro system's abilities by splitting the drive variably between each of the rear heels for an even more agile and dynamic driving experience.

When cornering, the drive is biased to the outside rear wheel as it's turning through a larger radius reducing the need for steering corrections. Sports differential also helps to avoid wheel-slip when braking, improving fuel consumption and reducing brake wear.

quattro with Sports differential is available on selected quattro models from the A4 upwards.

quattro with Sports differential

Audi History of quattro timeline

In 1980, the Audi quattro was our first permanent four-wheel drive production car. So while the technology is thoroughly tried and tested,
it has also been enhanced and evolved ever since it was first introduced.

Find out more about the history of quattro on our History of quattro timeline below.

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