What is Audi Quattro all-wheel drive?May 18th, 2022
With the variability of our weather here in Canada, more and more consumers are looking for all-wheel drive capability in their next vehicle. However, you may have noticed that there are a lot of different types of AWD systems and it can be difficult to figure out which system is right for you. The Audi Quattro AWD system is often named one of the best and most capable all-wheel drive technologies in the world. This system has the ability to provide constant and instantaneous grip to ensure stability,
The first thing to know about Quattro from Audi is that there are actually four distinct systems. These systems use a variety of technologies to ensure the perfect distribution of power between the axles.
The traditional Audi Quattro system has a single-locking differential. This system is found on the Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi Q7, and Audi Q8. This system is constantly distributing between 40% and 60% of the available torque to the front or rear axle. In other words, both axles are constantly receiving power which is why we call this a permanent AWD system. The advantages of a permanent all-wheel drive system include immediate stability and enhanced control. This is the system that Audi is known for and the reason why many experts consider Quattro technology to be the most advanced in the business.
That said, the Audi Quattro Ultra system is the next generation of Audi all-wheel drive and is found on the Audi Q5, Audi A6, Audi A7, and Audi A8. This system offers the same benefits as the single locking differential Quattro, but it is more efficient thanks to its ability to use its many sensors to detect changing road conditions and apply torque distribution as needed only. The system will give you the same advantages of a permanent AWD system, but it gives you better overall fuel economy because it only engages when needed.
Another type of Audi called Quattro technology that you may find is Audi multi-plate clutch which is found on the Audi A3, Audi Q3, Audi TT, and Audi R8. This particular system sends the power to the front axle or the rear axle based on the vehicle. Should a loss of traction be detected, the system can send a necessary torque to the rear axle or front axle depending on needs in order to ensure stability.
The latest Audi technology when it comes to Quattro is the Audi e-Quattro system which offers Audi electrified vehicles the same traction and stability benefits as other Audi models. The difference is that the system uses an electric motor to power the rear axle which means quicker reaction times and quicker power distribution for quicker stability and traction.
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