Audi’s range topping R8 LMX supercar will be the first production car to feature laser high beam headlight technology.
The new £160,025 R8 LMX model is the fastest road going version of the R8 with its 5.2-litre V10 developing 568bhp and pushing it 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds.
Audi says the laser technology offers twice the illumination range of all-LED headlights.
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. The laser lights are active at speeds of 37mph and above and supplement the LED high beam. A camera-based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to avoid dazzle.
Standard equipment includes seven-speed S tronic transmission, 19-inch 20-spoke, carbon-fibre ceramic brake discs with red anodised calipers, fixed rear spoiler, carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the front spoiler lip, side flics, engine compartment cover, exterior mirror housings, sideblades, rear wing and diffuser.
Interior equipment includes bucket seats upholstered in nappa leather and finished with Sepang Blue diamond stitching, backrest covers in Ara Blue, matt carbon covers for the centre tunnel console and parking brake lever, and illuminated aluminium inlays bearing the limited-edition number integrated into the CFRP door sill trims.
Customers can choose from crystal Ara Blue, Daytona Grey matt effect or Mythos Black metallic paint.
Audi will do a limited production run of 99 R8 LMX models with UK deliveries starting in autumn.