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Audi R8 LMX: World?s First Production Car With Laser Headlamps Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | May, 10 2014 | 3 Comments

Audi has revealed a new special edition of its R8 supercar, which is set to become the world’s first production car sold with laser headlamps.

Called the LMX, the laser-light R8 will be limited to just 99 examples - all of which could be sold within Germany, as Audi is yet to commit to any other market.

The big news for the LMX is its laser high-beam headlights, which Audi says will be a world-first for a production car.

BMW originally made the same claim with its i8 EV supercar earlier this year, which is scheduled to offer laser headlamps as an option from the Australian spring.

It’s entirely possible, therefore, that Audi decided to get in first by making the LMX available from as early as next month; stealing the i8’s claim-to-fame as being the world’s first production car fitted with laser headlamps.

Audi says the laser high-beam unit is designed to complement the R8’s ‘regular’ LED headlights, while substantially increasing the high-beam range over current headlight technologies.

"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," Audi said in a statement.

"Each module comprises four high?power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometres, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometres.”

“A phosphor converter transforms this into roadworthy white light with a colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognise contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue."

The system also uses a camera-based sensor to detect other road users as they approach, adjusting the light pattern so as not to dazzle them.

The R8 LMX isn’t just about laser headlights, with the special edition model equipped with an up-spec version of the 5.2 litre V10 engine, producing 419kW and 540Nm.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S-tronic automatic transmission, and the LMX can hit 100km/h from rest in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 320km/h.

The LMX also gets an ‘Ara Blue’ paint finish, Nappa leather seats with Ara Blue backrests and ‘Sepang Blue’ stitching on various interior components.

Pricing for the 2014 Audi R8 LMX starts at €210,000 (AU$308,569) for customers in Germany.

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