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Audi's 700hp hybrid has lasers for headlights

Way, way back in the 1980s, Audi unleashed the Quattro, and it more or less dominated in rallies across the globe thanks to technical innovations like the quattro all-wheel drive system. Now, for CES, they've unleashed an all new Quattro concept car to showcase the best tech Audi can muster.

Taking advantage of some of the hybrid-energy tech Audi has developed while crushing everyone in its path at Le Mans for most of the past decade, the Quattro's got a powertrain consisting of a twin-turbo V8 and an electric booster, so it nails 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, thanks to 700 horsepower, while still netting up to 94 miles per gallon. To aid in the handling department, it's about 40 percent wider than it is tall, but manages to pull off the look far better than your aunt.

Awesomely, Audi have accomplished what Dr. Evil's minions couldn't, and attached frickin' lasers to the front. They're absolutely tiny — a couple of microns each — but they produce a light that's three times as bright as even the best LED lights, and they'll light the road for nearly a third of a mile.