The quattro All-Wheel Drive System & Audi Fleets: Practical Power and Performance

 - Photo Courtesy: Audi USA

Photo Courtesy: Audi USA

For fleets, equipping their drivers with high-end vehicles is not an unnecessary luxury but a practical approach to productivity.

Case in point, Audi’s product line optionally equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive — which was first perfected on the track — has transitioned to the road delivering the same kind of road-gripping performance necessary to cross the finish line as it takes to arrive at a business appointment.

For both, getting the job done is due in large part to the all-wheel performance of the quattro system.

Providing Control

When the weather takes a turn for the worst, the quattro all-wheel drive can really shine. The quattro all-wheel drive system delivers power to the wheels with the most grip, optimizing traction in wet-weather conditions1.

However, while the quattro all-wheel drive first proved itself in wet and inclement weather1, it isn’t only designed just for challenging conditions. Because it securely grips the road and is equipped with torque vectoring technology, quattro can enhance handling and cornering performance in ideal conditions as well.

Under a variety of conditions, quattro all-wheel drive can give fleet drivers better ability and confidence in controlling their vehicles.

Tuned to the Instrument

Audi tailors each quattro all-wheel drive system to the vehicle on which it’s equipped. For example, Audi’s high-performance models are available with a unique version of the quattro all-wheel drive system that’s different from those found on the type of SUVs that would be commonly used by fleets. By fitting quattro all-wheel drive system to the specific vehicle model instead of having a generic all-wheel drive system on all of its vehicles, Audi provides fleet drivers with the appropriate performance and traction they need.

An added benefit of the quattro all-wheel drive is the system’s variable torque split and torque vectoring.

A variable torque split between the front and rear wheels can deliver the power when and where it’s needed most. The result: more traction to the wheels with the most grip, giving surer footing, particularly in situations where the road conditions may be compromised.

Available torque vectoring works by braking the inside wheel(s) on corners, transferring torque to the outside wheels. The result: turning and handling performance can be improved.

For those fleets that include high-performance vehicles — such as Audi S models — on their vehicle selectors, the sport differential uses an active rear differential to not only send power to the outside rear wheel in corners, but also to accelerate that wheel up to 10% faster. The result: The rear wheels help turn the vehicle for maximum cornering performance.

All in the Q Family

The quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on the Audi SUV model range, including the Audi Q3, Q5, Q7, and Q8. It is also standard on Audi’s e-tron electric vehicle, demonstrating how the quattro all-wheel drive system is evolving to meet the changing needs and demands of consumers and fleets.

With the quattro all-wheel drive system available (or standard) on all vehicles in the Audi product lineup, fleets have numerous options and opportunities to help equip their drivers with an all-wheel drive vehicle that fits both the mission of the fleet and the specific conditions and needs of their day-to-day working lives.

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  1. When driving during cold, rainy, snowy or icy weather conditions, ensure that your vehicle is equipped with appropriate all-season or winter tires. Even with appropriate tires, you must always drive in a manner appropriate for the weather, visibility and road conditions.

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