Audi has also showcased its laser headlights equipped R8 LMX at the Paris Motor Show, a model mostly famous for the war with BMW that started when both companies claimed they had the first such vehicle on the market.
Back in May, when the model was unveiled online, Volkswagen AG’s luxury brand claimed the R8 LMX would be the “world’s first production car with laser high beams,” but BMW succeeded in beating them to the finish line (read dealership) with their i8 hybrid sports car. Now, the R8 LMX has been rechristened as the “fastest series car with a laser beam [headlights].”
When it comes to the aforementioned lasers, Audi utilizes four high power laser diodes that can out the white light at a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin. The lights will be used above 60 km/h to bring new levels of “visibility and safety.” There’s also a camera that looks for oncoming traffic, actively modifying the light pattern to “exclude them.”
The R8 LMX also features an Ara Blue painted exterior with carbon fiber inserts, a fixed rear wing gloss black tailpipes, carbon fiber ceramic brake discs and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels. The 5.2-liter V10 engine has 570 PS (419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb ft) of torque and mated to the S Tronic seven speed gearbox it delivers enough grunt to propel the car to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, on its way to the maximum speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).