Combining a traditional off-road vehicle with a classic estate sedan gave birth to Audi’s “all-road” vehicle. Nicknamed the “Allroad Quattro”, it was a marriage between the versatile characteristics of a four-wheel drive car and the driving dynamics of an Audi sedan. Audi created a new vehicle category for the first time and called it an “allroader.” The Audi Allroad Quattro was elegant, versatile, powerful, and it was set to dominate any on-road and off-road activities.
1999: The Allroad Quattro
Designed with a standard adjustable air suspension system, the Allroad Quattro offered flexibility over all types of terrain. The Allroad Quattro’s advanced air suspension system was patterned after the Torsen’s permanent 4-wheel drive system. With this new air suspension system, the Quattro allowed for an increase in ground clearance, which provided the sedan 8-inches of ground clearance at low-range modes. Combining the Allroad Quattro’s air suspension and permanent 4-wheel-drive system, made it possible for the sedan to complete the official Land Rover test course. Initially, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine, with 258 lb-ft of peak torque was made available for the Allroad Quattro. A 4.2-liter V8 gasoline engine was also introduced in 2003. The TDI or Turbo-Charged Direct Injection with 163-brakehorsepower was introduced to the Allroad Quattro in 2004. In July of 2005, the Allroad Quattro’s production was discontinued in North America.
2006: The Audi A6 Allroad Quattro
Based on the Audi A6, the A6 Allroad Quattro made its debut in 2006 to commemorate the Quattro Drive’s 25th anniversary. The new A6 Allroad Quattro offered two gasoline engine variants: the 3.2-liter V6 FSI or 4.20liter V8 FSI, Fuel Stratified Injection engines. Also, two diesel engine variants were also offered: the 2.7-liter 24-valve V6 and a 3.0-liter 24-valve V6 TDI for the A6 Allroad Quattro. To fully maximize the new engines’ torque and power, a 6-speed tiptronic transmission system allowed for faster gear changes to prevent unwanted up-shifts when cornering. Featuring the Quattro permanent 4-wheel drive system, it was paired with a newer adaptive, five-mode air suspension which can be raised to provide 7.28-inches of ground clearance. Daytime Running Lights (DRL), larger bumpers, and sills were some of the design features incorporated to the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro.
2009: The Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
Unveiled during the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A4 Quattro made its debut in the early summer of 2009. The A4 Allroad Quattro’s permanent 4-wheel drive system was designed after the Torsen T-3 center differential, increasing the sedan’s ground clearance. This sedan also features stainless steel roof rails and underbody guards. A 1.8-liter 16-valve I4 gasoline engine and a 2.0-liter 16-valve I4 TDI engine were the initial engine variants offered for theAudi A4 Allroad Quattro. These engines were coupled with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Multitronic CVT transmission for better handling. Audi Side Assist, Audi Lane Assist, Adaptive Headlights, and Adaptive Cruise Control were some of the newest safety features included on the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro.