How Does Audi Quattro AWD Work?
The term quattro is Italian for “four,” which is appropriate given its association with Audi’s all-wheel drive system. But this wasn’t always the case. The Audi Quattro (yes, with a capital Q) was actually a standalone model introduced in 1980.
Quattro was, indeed, the first Audi vehicle to have AWD but also was the first to enter competitive rally racing after a rule change made the drive system eligible. The vehicle won four world championships for the brand in the early 80s. Fast forward 40 years and Quattro (officially trademarked as quattro in lowercase, but capitalized here) refers specifically to the automaker’s AWD system, which is available on much of its lineup.
So, how does a champion rally car translate to a drive system the average consumer should care about or even want? For the same reasons the Audi Quattro was a motorsport success, of course.