Car News 24 Feb 2016

Leading the way with the LMX Laser

Leading the way with the LMX Laser

Audi have revealed their new version of the R8 V10; the 562bhp R8 LMX with laser headlights. Audi believe they are leaders in lighting technology and claim this top end sports car will be the first production model to offer laser headlight technology as a standard feature. Back in 2008, Audi’s R8 was the first production car to feature LED highlights. In 2012 this was followed by the introduction of dynamic indicators on mid-engine Audi’s.

The laser headlights operate above 37mph, enhancing the LMX’s LED high beam projectors. The lights are designed to display two bright oval spots, which provide further vision without impeding other driver’s. Each headlight provides roughly 600m of range, which is twice the range of an LED headlight on full beam. 

The launch of the LMX will challenge BMW’s new i8 model which has similar laser technology as an option, not a standard. The LMX has been upgraded to a 5.2 litre V10 petrol engine which produces 20bhp more than the standard R8 V10. Furthermore, the LMW has been given revised 19 inch wheels. The LMX accelerates from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 199mph. Power is given to all four wheels through a standard seven speed S-tronic dual clutch automatic gearbox. Despite the engine upgrade, the LMX has the same fuel consumption as before.

The R8 LMX will make its public debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June, before being made available to order from £160,025, with deliveries in the UK expected for autumn. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to get their hands on one as worldwide production is limited to just 99 cars.

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