Racetrack to Road
The quattro didn't just burst onto the race track, it burst onto the roads too. It started with an ambitious launch, which involved the quattro being hoisted 100 feet above Kensington Roof Gardens in London before it made its way to the Geneva Motor Show in 1980.
Its game-changing reveal at the show introduced a means of transmitting power, whilst remaining compact, efficient and lightweight, to the motoring world. The quattro showed how perfectly suited to high-performance, sporty cars and high-volume production it was and as a result, its reveal catapulted the Audi range into the UK. Arguably, quattro is the reason why Audi remains such a popular brand to date.
The original quattro system remained pretty much the same throughout the 80s, with the exception of a Sport quattro in 1984, until the 1990s. Enter the Audi A6 2.5 TDI, the first all-wheel-drive model with a diesel engine came onto the market in 1995 and then the electro-hydraulic quattro technology was introduced in 1999 as part of the Audi TT and A3 models.