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.

grip, whatever the conditions

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

Watch the full ‘quattro department store’ TV commercial

quattro on ice and snow

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

quattro on loose ground

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

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.

quattro is now available across the whole Audi model range on selected trims and engines, so it’s easier than you might think to feel the value of quattro every day.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred model, why not try our finance calculator which can offer you a tailored finance quote to suit your needs. You can also view the video to find out more about Audi Finance Solutions, or speak to your local Audi Centre for more information.

quattro technology

Discover the different types of quattro and how the technology works

See how the quattro all-wheel drive system responds to different to conditions to keep the car feeling secure.

Discover how quattro all-wheel drive technology delivers driving confidence in all conditions.

Different types of quattro

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.

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.
Some models, such as the RS range, have a rear wheel bias, sending the majority of the power to the back for a sportier driving experience.

Available on the following ranges: A1, A3, Q3, TT

Available on the following ranges: A4, A5, A6, A7 A8, SQ5, Q7

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.

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 ranges: R8

Available on the following model: A4 allroad quattro and Q5


quattro in action

See how quattro technology takes on some of the toughest terrain

quattro takes on snow and ice

quattro takes on the desert

quattro on the moon

'Vorsprung durch Technik' means 'progress through technology'. We pride ourselves on exceeding limits so our next mission is to send Audi technology to 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

History of quattro

Launched in 1980 our all-wheel drive technology has been supporting Audi drivers ever since

Experience quattro for yourself