Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept revealed

Audi has unveiled the Sport quattro laserlight concept that will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The laserlight concept car is an updated version of the Sport quattro concept that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

This new show car is all about showing cutting-edge electronic features such as high-performance laser-light headlights.

The dual headlights combine matrix LED and laser light technologies, featuring two low-profile trapezoidal elements visible within the headlights – the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask, while the inner element produces laser light for high-beam functionality.

The laser diodes are very powerful and significantly smaller than LED diodes. The laser-high beam light can illuminate the road for a distance of nearly 500 meters (1,640 ft) – approximately twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high beam lights.

This new technology will make its debut on the race track in the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro.

The updated Sport Quattro laserlight concept also comes with a new Plasma Red exterior and a three-dimensional display powered by a cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia.

Power continues to come from a 690bhp pV8 petrol hybrid, combining a 553bhp 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 with 700Nm of torque and a disc-shaped electric motor producing another 110 kW and 400 Nm of torque.

Purely in EV mode the concept has a range of up to 31 miles thanks to a 14.1 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear.

With both engines working together, the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 189mph.


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