Audi R8 LMX unveiled with laser headlights

Audi R8 LMX
Audi R8 LMX

Will beat the laser-light equipped BMW i8 to market

Audi and BMW have been locked in a war of words over who will launch the first production model with laser lights and it looks like the four-ringed brand will come out on top as they have just unveiled the R8 LMX.

Described as the "world's first production car with laser high beams," the R8 LMX features laser headlights that have four high power laser diodes which emit white light at a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin. The lights are activated at 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and greatly enhance "visibility and safety." The model also has a camera-based sensor system that detects other cars and actively adjusts the light pattern to "exclude them."

Besides the lighting technology, the R8 LMX has an Ara Blue exterior with carbon fiber flics and a fixed rear wing. The model also has gloss black tailpipes, carbon fiber ceramic brake discs and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.

Interior changes are limited but the LMX comes nicely equipped with Fine Nappa leather seats, Sepang Blue contrast stitching and Ara Blue accents. There's also an Alcantara headliner, matte carbon fiber trim and illuminated door sill plates.

Power is provided by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that develops 570 PS (419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all wheel drive system which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).

The R8 LMX is currently available for order and German pricing starts at €210,000. Production will be limited to 99 units and the first deliveries are scheduled for this summer.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Audi

The Audi R8 LMX – world's first production car with laser high beams

  • Engine developing 419 kW (570 hp), from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds
  • Laser high beam increases range and safety
  • Limited-edition supercar can now be ordered

19 kW (570 hp), from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.4 seconds: The Audi R8 LMX (12.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers [18.2 US mpg]; 299 grams CO2 per kilometer [481.2 g/mile]) offers breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology. The limited-edition car is the first production car in the world to come equipped with laser high beams. The R8 LMX can now be ordered and will debut on the streets this summer.

Audi is the leader in developing automotive lighting technology. In 2008, the Audi R8 became the first production car in the world to boast all?LED headlights; this was followed in 2012 by dynamic turn signals. Audi launched a new chapter in automotive lighting with the Matrix LED headlights, which debuted in the updated A8 in 2013. Now the brand with the four rings is igniting the next stage in the R8 LMX: the laser spot for the high beams. It increases the range substantially, which is ideal for a supercar like the R8 LMX.

The Audi engineers work very closely with their racing colleagues on the development of lighting technologies. The combination of LED and laser high beams, for example, will be used for the first time on the new Audi R18 e?tron quattro at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14 and 15. The premium brand is thus continuing its tradition of using racing to test new technologies destined for production.

“Audi has long dominated the most important 24-hour race. In addition to the outstanding TDI drive technology, a maximum light yield gives our pilots a major advantage, and with night racing in particular is a key factor to our success,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “The transfer of the laser headlight to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology. The safety benefit this provides to the customer truly represents Vorsprung durch Technik,” says AUDI AG’s Board Member for Development.

With the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all?LED headlight. Each module comprises four high?power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometers, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter transforms this into roadworthy white light with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue. The laser spot, which is active at speeds of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and above, supplements the LED high beam in the R8 LMX and greatly enhances visibility and safety. An intelligent camera?based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.

The Audi R8 (14,9 – 12,4 l/100 km [15.8 – 19.0 US mpg]; 349 – 289 g CO2 per km [561.7 – 465.1 g/mile]) is the dynamic, top?of?the?line Audi model. Its high-revving, mid?mounted engine, double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminum body are closely based on racing. The Audi R8 LMX is available as a coupe with a production run limited to 99 vehicles. With 419 kW (570 hp) and 540 Nm (398.3 lb?ft) of torque, its 5.2 liter, V10 engine accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.4 seconds. Top speed is 320 km/h (198.8 mph), and average consumption is 12.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (299 grams CO2 per kilometer) [18.2 US mpg/481.2 g/mile]. A compact, seven?speed S tronic transfers the power to the quattro permanent all?wheel drive system. 19?inch wheels are combined with carbon?fiber ceramic brake discs, which up front measure 380 millimeters (15.0 in) in diameter. Red anodized brake calipers shine behind the exclusive designer wheels. The R8 LMX is shod with 235/35 R 19 tires up front and 305/30 R 19 tires at the rear.

The new top model also sends out a clear visual signal with its Audi exclusive customized paint finish in Ara Blue, crystal effect. A large, fixed rear spoiler increases the downforce on the rear axle. Like the front spoiler lip, the flics on the sides, the engine compartment cover, the exterior mirror housings, the sideblades, the rear wing and the diffuser, it is made of carbon fiber?reinforced polymer (CFRP) with a matte finish. The Singleframe grille, the air inlet grilles up front and the outlet grille at the rear are finished in titanium gray. The sport exhaust system has high-gloss black tailpipes.

The dynamic lines carry over into the black interior, which also features blue accents. The folding bucket seats are covered in Fine Nappa leather with Sepang Blue diamond pattern. The backrest covers are finished in Ara Blue. Sepang Blue stitching provides subtle contrasts, including on the parking brake lever, the center tunnel console, the steering wheel and the instrument cowl. The black Alcantara headlining and black Fine Nappa leather door trim panels take up the Sepang Blue diamond pattern of the bucket seats.

Subtle details round out the interior. Matte carbon is used on the covers of the center tunnel console and the parking brake lever, on the inlays in the doors and the arc around the cockpit. Illuminated aluminum inlays bearing the limited-edition number are integrated into the CFRP door sill trims. Fine Nappa leather adorns the selector lever for the S tronic and the knee pads; the floor mats have black piping and Sepang Blue stitching.

The Audi R8 LMX will take to the streets this summer. The base price in Germany is €210,000.

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Comments (16)

CReeds CReeds
Ok, so we can now say the laser light race has been won and move on.
May 10th, 2014 4:06pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Audi will always beat BMW when it comes to lighting. Audi's lighting is always obsessively designed and futuristic. Who remembers when the A5 came out with daytime running LED headlights in 2008? That was the future. Look at the new A8's sequential turn signals. Expect BMW to adopt them in the next iteration of the 7-series.
May 10th, 2014 3:22pm
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Swifty Swifty
nothing beat the BMW corona lights...Angel Eyes are the best light design ever...and no I am not a BMW fan, but I admit that Angel Eyes beat every comparo in terms of look!
May 11th, 2014 2:24am
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hunker7 hunker7
WOW, round lights...incredible. What, you still live in 1990's?
May 11th, 2014 1:25pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
@Swifty: while the "Angel Eyes" are nice to look at, I fail to see why they are so special and why it's such an innovation. It had been done before BMW made them I'm sure. In its era, the A5 LED lighting was much more concept-like and futuristic.
May 11th, 2014 5:56pm
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Swifty Swifty
@Dude yes they are more of a looker than doer...but same for A5 LED back in the days, they were atractive and that's all...LED stripe on Audi is functional the same as LED Corona ring on BMW, it is the vehicle visibility during the day...it's only the design that differs them...and that depends what you like more!
May 12th, 2014 7:46pm
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TheEryk03 TheEryk03
Metter of taste, For me bmw "angel eyes" reminds me of rural tuning. Audi makes the best lights, not only in looks but also with the best technology.
May 12th, 2014 11:24pm
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ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
At speeds that these cars can obtain, you want to see as far head as you can. Traveling speeds approaching 180 plus, you are traveling a football field every second so the old dirty T shirt colored halogen incandesces just do not cut it anymore. High performance cars need the best brakes and headlights around.
May 10th, 2014 2:20am
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KarlT KarlT
Yeah, because so many people run 180 in the dark....
May 10th, 2014 4:07pm
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ErtahazHossain ErtahazHossain
I wanna see a comparison of this against the SLS Black Series. xD
May 10th, 2014 12:35am
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Swifty Swifty
SLS Black can scar a shi*t out of this R8...it's just mean, MEAN!!!!
May 11th, 2014 2:26am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
These lights and adjusted styling looks like the car from the spy pics from the next gen
May 9th, 2014 8:40pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
They're high beams so who cares, your not going to use them as much as your low beams. And it's not like high beams on existing cars aren't bright enough, BMW just should have kept their mouth shut rather then start a pissing contest.
May 9th, 2014 8:32pm
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Lasers are awesome, shame that I can't really use it to shoot people off the road
May 9th, 2014 7:50pm
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hf7188 hf7188
Hein? 210000 euros for a R8?! and this i suppose without taxes...
May 9th, 2014 7:16pm
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hunker7 hunker7
May 9th, 2014 7:01pm
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