Both Audi and BMW have been talking about laser lights for some time and it looks like Audi has beat the BMW by launching R8 LMX – world’s first production car with laser high beams.
Even though Audi is working on the second-generation R8, which we saw for the first time in March, the special R8 LMX is based on the current model and just 99 units will be built with debut on the streets this summer.
Audi calls itself rightfully the leader in developing automotive lighting technology. As you all remember in 2008, the Audi R8 became the first production car in the world to boast all LED headlights, in 2012 dynamic turn signals followed and Matrix LED headlights debuted in the updated A8 in 2013.
The R8 LMX has laser spot for the high beams, which activates at speed from 37.3mpg, increasing the visibility substantially.
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 and with a diameter of just 300 micrometers, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. The lights you see from R8 LMX are not blue as a phosphor converter transforms the blue light into roadworthy white light with a colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin.
There is also an intelligent camera based sensor system, which detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.
Power comes from a 562bhp 5.2-litre V10, enabling the coupe to hit 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, while the top speed is 198.8mph.
The R8 LMX also introduces an exclusive Ara Blue exterior, along with carbon fibre flics, fixed rear wing, gloss black tailpipes, carbon fibre ceramic brake discs and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.
Interior is largely black with blue accents. The folding bucket seats are covered in black Nappa leather with Sepang Blue diamond pattern. The backrest covers are finished in Ara Blue, while Sepang Blue stitching provides subtle contrasts on the parking brake lever, the centre tunnel console, the steering wheel and the instrument cowl.
The Audi R8 LMX will be available exclusively as a coupe and the base price in Germany is €210,000 (£171,400).