Rain is coming: Audi cheers

Audi A3 Saloon

Audi sells 150 models equipped with four-wheel drive. So predictions of a grotty, rainy autumn are music to its ears.

The firm says it’s never offered so many cars with four-wheel drive. New A3 Saloon quattro and budget (well, relatively) A6 saloon and Avant quattro are bolstering the line-up further.

It’s the A3 Saloon quattro that’s the newest niche offer. Powered by Audi’s smooth but slightly thirsty 1.8 TSI 180 engine, it sprints to 62mph from rest in 6.8 seconds – enhanced by an obligatory S tronic DCT gearbox that’s able to make best use of power being split four ways, not two.

It’s yours from £27,560.

The A6 quattros now come with the entry-level 204hp 3.0-litre TDI V6 motor, bringing prices down to £38,285 for the A6 saloon 3.0 TDI 204 quattro SE. Like the A3 quattro, it too is faster than the regular front-drive machine; 0-62mph takes from 7.0 seconds.

Audi’s bigging up its quattros because there have already been 97 recorded ‘rainfall days’ in 2013, says the Met Office. Last year, there were 172 rainy days and, with predictions of autumnal weather starting from tonight, there’ll be some meteorological stat-chasing from now on.

Oh, and did you know an impressive 43 per cent of ALL Audis sold around the world are fitted with quattro? Vorsprung durch Technik indeed.

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