The first ever production car in India with laser headlamps : that is what the Audi R8 LMX brings to the India roads. Globally, BMW might have beat Audi in the laser lights show (BMW i8), but the new Audi R8 LMX’s early arrival in India might be an indication that the battle might be over, but the war is still on.
With a limited production run of only 99 vehicles globally, the Audi R8 LMX is the most powerful production R8 with 570 hp of maximum power and 540 Nm of maximum torque pumped out by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine. The vehicle is also the fastest R8 ever and gets the 0 to 100 km/hr sprint done in a frightening 3.4 seconds going on to reach a top speed of 320 km/hr. The R8 LMX consumes an average of 12.9 litres of gas per 100 kilometers.
Speaking at the event, Audi India Head, Joe King said: “Audi has always been at the forefront in lighting technologies. Audi was the first luxury car manufacturer to bring LED headlights in India … The introduction of the laser headlight to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology.”
Visual goodies onboard the R8 LMX include a fixed rear spoiler coupled with an exclusive Ara Blue paint scheme. The interior is dabbed with doses of Nappa leather, carbon fibre and Alcantara. The vehicle comes with a limited edition number, stitching and accents in Ara Blue and Sepang Blue colours.
The laser beam lights on the Audi R8 LMX are activated at speeds beyond 60 kmph. The headlights use a combination of LEDs for the high and low beams, and use the additional laser light for the high beam. Manually switching between high or low beam can be accomplished using a lever located to the left of the steering wheel, but to activate the Laser Lights, a soft pull is required to start the automatic setting. The entire system then relies on a camera placed in front of the rear-view mirror to analyze oncoming traffic make decisions whether it’s safe to activate the high beam and then move on to activate the laser light.
Describing the laser beam lights in Audi’s own words “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 color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue.”
BMW is expected to launch the new i8 in February, 2015 of which it had already started making deliveries from June, 2014 to international markets. What will be interesting to see is the price tag of the BMW i8 which will be competing with the R8 LMX which is priced at Rs. 2.97 crore.
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