Cool Facts about the Audi A6 Quattro
- The Audi A6 line of vehicles made it to Car & Driver's Ten Best list twice. It did this in two consecutive years, 2000 and 2001. A year after its last award, it received a facelift, with revised headlight and grille design, exposed exhaust tips, slight changes to accessory body moldings, and taillight color from red to amber in North American models.
- Based on a rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States, the Audi A6 Quattro is currently the safest car in the world. In a research done by the committee, not a single fatality has been recorded in an Audi A6 Quattro since 2005.
- Quattro is the name used by Audi AG to refer to its all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies or systems that are used on certain models of Audi vehicles. It means four in Italian, referring to the four wheels of a car. It is a registered trademark of Audi AG under Volkswagen Group and is spelled with a lower case q due to nomenclature rights derived from the trademark. The quattro was first introduced in 1980 on the permanent four-wheel drive Audi quattro, and was eventually given to all subsequent AWD models-including the Audi A6 quattro.
- The quattro system is based on the Torsen (torque sensing) T1 centre differential technology, which replaced Audi's manually locking centre differential in 1987. The Torsen T1 system was proactive and had an element of fail-safe, but it was eventually replaced by the Torsen T3 centre differential technology due to some limitations. The T3 technology was eventually applied in longitudinal-engined quattro-equipped cars, including the A6 quattro.
- The quattro technology has evolved over the years since its inception. Every time a new version was debuted, however, it was not tied to a specific model and year. Rather, new developments in the quattro technology were applied to a series of vehicles within a specific period until improvements come along. The Audi A6 quattro is equipped with the Generation IV quattro system.
- Audi shares the same city with BMW as its headquarters-it is set up in Bavaria, Germany. Even with its German roots, however, Audi is named after a Latin word meaning hark or listen. Its logo is a representation of four companies that merged to form Audi AG: Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer.