Available in limited world markets from June, the new range-topping Audi model is described as the first production car to feature laser headlamp technology as standard equipment. How cool is that?
The LMX’s new laser headlamps, which operate at speeds above 37 mph, supplement the R8’s standard LED high beam projectors and provide a phosphor-converted white light with a color temperature of 5500 Kelvin.
Audi first hinted to the introduction of laser light technology on its road cars when it introduced its R18 e-tron race car. “The transfer of the laser headlamp to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology,” said Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenberg.
In 2008, the R8 became the first production car to feature LED headlamps. This was followed up in 2012 by the introduction of dynamic indicators on the mid-engined Audi.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait to own one. Or, move to Europe. Owing to existing regulations outlawing laser light technology on road cars in North America, the R8 LMX will not be sold here. For now.
It might, however, be worth a hop across the pond…At the heart of the limited edition R8 V10 is a powered-up version of Audi’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 direct-injection gasoline engine. With 562 hp, it develops 12 hp more than the standard R8 V10.
Power is sent through a standard seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. This beauty can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and, at 199 mph top speed — it is 0.1 second and 1 mph faster than the standard R8 V10. All the while, it’s combined consumption and average CO2 emissions remain the same at 21.9 mpg and 299g/km.
Together with the upgraded engine, the LMX also gets revised 19-inch wheels shod with standard 235/35 R19 tires up front and 305/30 R19 tires at the rear – the latter replacing the standard R8 V10’s 295/30 rubber.
OK.. so, you’re going to have to wait on buying one of these here. But, why not stop by Hoffman Audi of East Hartford or New London today to see what great vehicles- with all the great technology and reliability that Audi is known for- you can drive today. We’re sure you’ll find something to love until the LMX makes it stateside.