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We’ve all come to appreciate Audi’s iconic quattro technology, one of the world’s most potent all-wheel-drive systems. Its what makes modern Audis such great vehicles, from the full-size A8 sedan to the Q7 SUV and the R8 supercar.

Now in its seventh generation, the quattro system has been enabling Audi engines to send their power to all four corners for 34 years. That’s not to say it took the Germans more than three decades to achieve perfection. No, the quattro was equally revolutionary when it was introduced in 1980, but sometimes it’s a good idea to look back on those brilliant ideas that changed the automotive world forever. And that’s what Petrolicious did with its latest video, which pays tribute to the UrQuattro, the first four-ringed vehicle to receive all-wheel-drive.

The UrQuattro, also known as simply Quattro, debuted in 1980 as a midsize, two-door coupe . While not exactly spectacular by design, the Quattro was the first vehicle to benefit from Audi’s then brand-new all-wheel-drive system. The feat proved to be decisive into turning the boxy UrQuattro into a legend on both the road and rally courses.

Although the production car remained largely unchanged until it was discontinued in 1991, the Quattro spawned a series of fierce rally cars. It all began with the A1 in 1980, which then developed into the Group B-spec S1 evolution. The latter was one of the most extreme rally cars ever built and went on to win several WRC events and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb three years in a row. In all, the quattro system helped Audi score 23 rally wins and two WRC titles, among other trophies.

Sure, Audi is no longer building rally cars, but that’s not to say the quattro has abandoned its motorsport roots. The connection is still obvious in the company’s results at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race the Germans have won 13 times the last 15 years.

But enough with the history, now hit the play button above for a trip down the memory lane with the initial Audi UrQuattro.

There’s big news coming from Cadillac these days. After revealing plans to move its global headquarters to New York City, become its own business unit, and introduce a new naming scheme for its car lineup, GM’s luxury division is also aiming to enter several new vehicle niches by the end of the decade. The announcement comes straight from Cadillac’s new global chief, Johan de Nysschen, and hints that the South African-born executive is already elbow’s deep in developing the American brand into a strong competitor for Germany’s main brands — Mercedes-Benz , BMW , and Audi . De Nysschen’s first goal is to create a Cadillac-badged rival for the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 sedan .

Both compacts have been launched with great success in the United States. The CLA sold like hotcakes in its first months, resulting in low supply and a recent decision to boost U.S. stock to meet customer demand. Cadillac is aware of that de Nysschen said there "definitely" will be a compact smaller than the ATS to compete against the CLA and A3. The executive refrained from spilling more details on the compact, but added such a vehicle is essential if Cadillac is to become a strong global manufacturer.

But the CLA-rivaling sedan isn’t the only brand-new vehicle de Nysschen is pushing for. A crossover between the SRX and the Escalade , as well as something below the SRX are also being considered. He even went as far as to say Cadillac could also use a model positioned above the flagship CT6 sedan due in 2015. Of course, none of the latter are set in stone, but the compact is likely the next all-new vehicle to come from Cadillac after the CT6.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future plans.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is receiving a new round of special upgrades, thanks to the launch of the Z71 package. Fans of the Tahoe will immediately recognize the "Z71" designation as Chevrolet’s long-used order code for off-road goodies earmarked for its lineup of SUVs and trucks.

The Z71 has actually been around longer than most people expect. It first appeared in 1988 and has since become a staple for the company’s big-boy models in much the same way the Z/28 package has become synonymous with the Chevrolet Camaro.

This year, Chevrolet’s bringing back the Z71 for its all-new Tahoe and Suburban models. It’s actually been a while since we last saw a Tahoe Z71, but with an all-new Tahoe now available, it seemed like the perfect time to dust off the Z71 package to help introduce the new Tahoe to the world.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71.

I used to have a lot of love for the Subaru Outback. I owned one for a while, and it was one of the best cars I have ever possessed. All Subaru’s have a very special feel about them, like they are built for a purpose. They are a bit rough, a little uncouth, but that is what makes them special. There is this feeling that they will really take you over any terrain, and that they will never cease to function. Nothing quite drives or feels like a Subaru. But then my Outback died, and I have since moved on.

Now, despite this great drive, Subaru has long been lambasted for creating cars that are too poorly built, too uncomfortable and too unrefined. Now with the introduction of the all-new 2015 Outback, Subaru is promising that all those woes have been corrected and it is promising more power and fuel economy to boot. Is this new machine good enough to make me get rid of my Volkswagen go back to Subaru? Has Subaru managed to fix all its issues while maintaining that special feel and attitude that has defined the brand for decades? My Outback was a 2000 model; what has Subaru managed in 15 years over three more generations?

I spent seven days and more than 500 miles beating the new Outback on-road and off to see if it still had that special magic.

Read on to find out more about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback

Lamborghini took us by surprise ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show by teasing a brand-new supercar . "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," is the message released alongside a very simple sketch, one that invited our imagination to go wild. Is Lamborghini preparing a four-seat supercar, a four-door super sedan , or a hybrid drivetrain? Well, we can’t be sure about any of these scenarios, but our educated guess is the new bull, allegedly dubbed Asterion , is a four-seat hybrid looking to give the Ferrari FF a run for its money.

Its styling is also a mystery, although the sketch suggests it will adopt Lamborghini’s current design language. We have a hunch we’ll be bringing you a couple of leaked photos of the Asterion before the Paris Motor Show commences on October 2nd, but until that happens we dropped by to show you a couple of grainy images depicting a never-before-seen Lambo that just surface the Interwebz. There’s no actual proof that this is the mysterious Asterion, but there’s a big chance this is our first look at the new supercar .

The side windows seems to match the shape we saw in the sketch, while the rear fender intake looks nearly identical. We say "nearly" because the vent is placed slightly rearward in the sketch, but if there’s one thing we know about sketches, is that they’re not necessarily intended to accurately match the shape of the actual car. Could these photos show the modern-day Espada we’ll be seeing in Paris? Leave your opinions in the comments box below.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Asterion.

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Mercedes will likely not run out of models to give "Edition 1" labels to. The German automaker continues to build new models, so naturally, more Edition 1 models are expected to come out of the woodwork, too. Now, Autocar is reporting that Mercedes is actually bringing a new Edition 1 model to the 2014 Paris Motor Show. But this isn’t your usual Edition 1 model; this is the Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1. Business is about to pick up, ladies and gentlemen.

Mercedes has yet to reveal details surrounding the Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1. Fortunately, Autocar was able to get its hands on some photos of what looks like the AMG Edition 1. One thing I can tell you is that this model looks a little different from the GT and GT S models we all saw earlier this in September. Take a closer look and you’ll notice a lot of carbon-fiber additions, particularly on the front air ducts, and the lower outer edges of the front bumper.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1 also reportedly comes with a prominent fixed rear wing and a set of 10-spoke alloy wheels. I counted myself and yes, those wheels have 10 spokes on them.

I’m not expecting the GT Edition 1 to come with an engine upgrade because none of the Edition 1 models before it came with one. That’s okay, because the AMG GT still packs a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 189 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1.

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Launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S replaced the four-year-old MP4-12C, the company’s first production car since the F1 supercar. Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the sports car gets its oomph from McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. Although it lacks the P1’s tuning and electric motor, the mill cranks out 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, making the 650S quicker than its Ferrari - and Lamborghini -badged competitors. Going into the 2015 model year, the Brits are rolling out more versions of the 650S. Now that the GT3 and the Sprint have completed the manufacturer’s motorsport-purposed lineup, Woking is introducing a road-legal iteration specifically tailored for the Asian market.

Dubbed 625C, with "C" standing for "Club", this "new" 650S-based rig represents McLaren’s idea of a sports car that focuses on day-to-day usability and comfort without compromising the performance and race-bred feel of the original car. The 625C also marks McLaren’s first effort toward growing its presence globally. Read on for the full details.

Click past the jump to read more about McLaren 625C.

Ferrari unveiled the 458 Italia in 2010, then followed that up with the more precise and track-ready 458 Speciale in 2014. As is the tradition with all modern mid-engined Ferraris, Maranello creates a great car, then a year or two later it chops the top off of it to create a roadster version. We knew it was coming, but now the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is here, and it’s calling it the “A."

It may be a silly name, but that A stands for Aperta, the Italian word for open. This is also more than a simple roofless version of the 458 Speciale; the Speciale A features the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 the company has ever used in a spider. Compared to the old 458 Spider, this new machine is faster and more powerful, and Ferrari was even able to keep the weight down. This new car only weighs 50 kg (110 pounds) more than its hard-top sibling.

If you want one, you need to get your order in yesterday. Ferrari is limiting this new car to just 499 units. We don’t know how many of those are slated for U.S. consumption, but rest assured it won’t be a lot. If you are undecided about taking home one of these beauties, hit that jump and read our full overview of this incredible new Italian convertible.

Continue reading to find out more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale A

The last time Acura made a compact luxury car based on the Civic we received the RSX, which had a cult-like following but ultimately didn’t fit what Acura was trying to be. After only five model years, Acura laid the RSX to rest and left the Civic alone for a few years. With the luxury compact sedan market as hot as it had ever been, Acura chose to meddle with the Civic again and released the 2013 ILX. Initially, the ILX had three drivetrains available: two gasoline drivetrains and one hybrid. As we head into the 2015 model year, Acura wisely cut the slow-selling hybrid model and left the two gasoline powertrains, which include a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter, to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLA250 and Buick Verano.

I got a crack at the ILX Premium with the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. Since I had already spent a week with the 2015 Honda Civic Si, I knew what the engine and transmission were all about. What I didn’t know was whether the throaty, high-revving i-VTEC engine was appropriate for a luxury car.

With my weeklong drive in the books, I was able to formulate an opinion on the ILX sedan. You can read all of my thoughts on it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about my time with the 2015 Acura ILX 2.4L Premium.

The S3 sedan is arguably the most under-appreciated sports sedan in the Audi lineup. Granted, it’s the smallest of its kind there so some people will overlook it. But do so at your own peril. The S3 is a mean sedan that’ll surprise you the first chance it gets, more so now that Audi’s preparing to release the S3 Limited Edition. Unfortunately, Audi gets no points for naming creativity, although I don’t think it cares a lot about that. What it does care about is personalizing the model to make it stand out and it did just that with this set of limited S3s.

The German automaker will build only 350 examples of the S3 Limited Edition so it does live up to its name. Buyers lucky enough to score one of the 350 models will receive a specially prepared model that features a bevy of cosmetic and performance upgrades on the exterior and interior, making the model worth its name.

Audi hasn’t divulged details on when the car will be sold or how much it’s going to go for, but I’ll venture a guess that it’ll hit U.S. dealerships sooner than later with an estimated price tag well north of the $41,100 base price.

The Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and mates to an S-tronic transmission. The S3 is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi S3 Limited Edition.


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