Audi R8 LMX Might Be First To Market With Laser Headlamps

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
audi r8 lmx might be first to market with laser headlamps

Audi is likely to beat BMW’s i8 to the laser-headlight punch with a rather expensive limited edition.

The 210,000-euro limited-to-99 edition is equipped like the R8 V10 plus, with a 570-horsepower and the S-tronic automated manual, but it has one interesting and so far unique feature: when the car reaches a speed of just under 40mph, special laser spotlights activate, emitting 5500K white light and offering a view down the road well beyond what’s capable with modern LED or Xenon lamps. Apparently, there’s also a camera system that checks for oncoming cars and makes sure the laser headlamps don’t blind them.

As the R8 nears the end of its model run, this LMX is giving Euro-market shoppers yet another reason to consider it over a deposit on a Huracan. No word yes as to US sales but given our government’s remarkably conservative lighting regulations, it probably isn’t worth holding your breath.

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  • Analoggrotto Does it include a date with Mary Barra?
  • Tassos ask me if I care.
  • ToolGuy • Nice vehicle, reasonable price, good writeup. I like your ALL CAPS. 🙂"my mid-trim EX tester is saddled with dummy buttons for a function that’s not there"• If you press the Dummy button, does a narcissist show up spouting grandiose comments? Lol.
  • MaintenanceCosts These are everywhere around here. I'm not sure the extra power over a CR-V hybrid is worth the fragile interior materials and the Kia dealership experience.
  • MaintenanceCosts It's such a shame about the unusable ergonomics. I kind of like the looks of this Camaro and by all accounts it's the best-driving of the current generation of ponycars. A manual 2SS would be a really fun toy if only I could see out of it enough to drive safely.