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Quickest Audi R8 yet to sport new light technology


A LIMITED edition LMX version of the Audi R8 has been announced. The model will not only be the most powerful road going iteration of the R8, but will also be distinguished as the first production car to adopt laser high beam lighting as standard.

The new model produces a massive 419kW/540Nm and will go on to 319 km/h, while 0-100km/h is dispatched in just 3.4 seconds. The car is based on the V10 Plus model, which features a double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminium body. The production run will be limited to just 99 vehicles.

There is a seven-speed S tronic transmission transfers the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which distributes it judiciously to racing-inspired 19-inch, 20-spoke wheels shod with tyres with 215mm front and 305mm rear widths. There are also carbon-fibre ceramic brake discs with red anodised callipers measuring 380 mm in diameter at the front.

Exterior changes to the model include a large, fixed rear spoiler for increased downforce on the rear axle, and by additional use of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the front spoiler lip, engine compartment cover, exterior mirror housings, sideblades, rear wing and diffuser. The Single frame grille and front air intakes and the outlet grille at the rear are finished in titanium grey, while the sports exhaust system features high-gloss black tailpipes.

The interior features Nappa leather and finished with Sepang Blue diamond stitching and backrest covers in Ara Blue. There is Alcantara headlining and black Nappa leather door trim panels, and the colour is also sewn into the edges of the parking brake lever, centre tunnel console, steering wheel and instrument cowl.

The laser spot for the high beam headlights increase the illumination range substantially. The system uses one laser module per headlight which 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 colour temperature of 5 227 degrees Celsius – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognise contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue.

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