If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you have heard about Audi A4’s Quattro. Quattro, which means 4 in Italian, is a fancy name used to refer to the car’s all-wheel-drive system. You may be wondering what could possibly be so special about a driving system. The Quattro isn’t a simple driving system, but an advanced technology that guarantees driving pleasure. If you’re looking to buy a new car, know that Edmunds offers used Audi A4. However, the Audi A4 isn’t the only car make that has this all-wheel-drive system. The German brand has applied the Quattro to a number of vehicles and racing cars. If you want to learn more about the Quattro, keep on reading.

The story of the Quattro

The Quattro all-wheel-drive system was first introduced in 1980, when Audi Quattro was released. The advanced technology has been used ever since in all the Audi race cars. What many people don’t know is that the Quattro was inspired by the 4WD Volkswagen Iltis, a land combat and transportation vehicle. In short, a military car. The technology hasn’t remained the same. Over the course of the years, the technology has evolved considerably. The present Quattro all-wheel drive system marks the final of years of development.  

How does the Quattro work

Cars are equipped with a transfer box. This is the part of the four-wheel-drive system that is located after the gearbox and divides the power of the engine between the front and the rear axle by means of drive shafts. The problem is that this kind of system can’t be fitted into a vehicle of small dimensions. Somehow, Audi’s engineers have managed to come up with a solution. What they did was direct the engine’s torque, meaning its amount of turning power, eliminating the need for a traditional transfer box. The motor as well as the gearbox design was changed. The result? A smaller all-wheel-drive system.

Determine if your Audi A4 is a Quattro

You’re determined to buy a used Audi A4 from Edmunds, but you want to know for sure if the vehicle you’re purchasing is a Quattro. You don’t trust words. The only way to figure out is the automobile is a genuine Quattro is to take it for a test drive. When driving the car, put it in D and shift gears. If this works, the ride is a Quattro. If not, you have a car with continuous variable transmission.