New All Terrain Audi Becomes The Ultimate All-Weather Car In Britain (2000)

Audi Allroad Quattro
Audi Allroad (2000)

The ground breaking new Audi allroad quattro goes on sale in the UK on July 1st, bringing the best compromise yet between the comfort and refinement of a family estate car and the versatility and all-terrain capability of a serious off-roader.

The brand's first foray into the consistently popular off road sector fittingly coincides with the 20th anniversary of its famous quattro four-wheel-drive system. Taking this proven concept a stage further, the new allroad quattro is available in right-hand-drive form with either the recently announced 180bhp 2.5 TDI V6 engine, or a new 250bhp version of the 2.7-litre V6 biturbo engine from the A6 2.7 T quattro. The allroad 2.5 TDI quattro and 2.7 T quattro cost £32,550 and £36,630 respectively.

Equipped with all the key features of a serious off roader, the Audi allroad quattro offers an impressive class leading ground clearance of 208mm as well as a choice of three transmission systems. The Audi allroad quattro is unique in its class in offering low ratio transmission (on six-speed manual gearbox models) and a five-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox as optional extras.

Four-stage suspension

The allroad quattro is the first Audi to offer self levelling air suspension which is fully height adjustable. This advanced suspension system features specially designed axle assemblies with air spring struts controlled by separate height sensors. These vary the ride height at every wheel to ensure ample ground clearance on uneven 'off road' surfaces, and optimum aerodynamics when driving at high speeds.

As road speed increases, this intelligent system lowers the body in four stages, varying the allroad quattro's ground clearance from a maximum 208 millimetres to a minimum 142 millimetres. The driver can also manually override the system, selecting the various ride heights at the touch of a button - a useful feature if the surface under the wheels varies frequently.

The driver-engaged Low Range transmission, on cars with a manual gearbox, increases the Audi allroad quattro's agility further still, allowing it to maintain optimum mobility when negotiating hostile terrain and scaling steep inclines.

From concept to reality

Like the mould breaking Audi TT Coupé quattro, TT Roadster quattro and A2, the new Audi allroad quattro is almost indistinguishable visually from its conceptual ancestor, first exhibited at the Detroit Motor Show in 1998. Rugged reinforced front and rear bumpers, a unique radiator grille design, pronounced wheel arches and contrasting ribbed roof and stainless steel underbody protection mark out the allroad quattro from its road-going A6 Avant counterpart.

A wide track and an increased ride height also add to its visual impact, together with an exhaust system with separate, visible large-bore tailpipes to the left and right of the rear bumper and sturdy 17-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels.

Refined yet rugged

Delivering exceptional refinement on and off the road, the Audi allroad quattro maintains the very high in-cabin standards made famous by the existing range of Audi cars. The well appointed cabin is quiet and comfortable making this newcomer a no compromise performer both on paved roads as well as over unmade surfaces.

Two "worlds of colour" which are unique to this model are available - Steppe Green or Grey - and the stylists have taken care to incorporate the car's rugged character into the design without affecting the elegance of the A6's famed interior. Versatility is also a plus point as usual, the allroad quattro offering comfortable seating for up to five people or a vast load area with a maximum volume of 1,590 litres.

Production of the Audi allroad quattro is taking place in the brand's Neckarsulm plant, in Bavaria which also produces the A6 Saloon and Avant, the A8 and the forthcoming advanced aluminium A2.

Published : 07/06/00 Author : Melanie Carter

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