Audi and BMW have been locked in a war of words over who will launch the first production model with laser lights and it looks like the four-ringed brand will come out on top as they have just unveiled the R8 LMX.
Described as the "world's first production car with laser high beams," the R8 LMX features laser headlights that have four high power laser diodes which emit white light at a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin. The lights are activated at 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and greatly enhance "visibility and safety." The model also has a camera-based sensor system that detects other cars and actively adjusts the light pattern to "exclude them."
Besides the lighting technology, the R8 LMX has an Ara Blue exterior with carbon fiber flics and a fixed rear wing. The model also has gloss black tailpipes, carbon fiber ceramic brake discs and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.
Interior changes are limited but the LMX comes nicely equipped with Fine Nappa leather seats, Sepang Blue contrast stitching and Ara Blue accents. There's also an Alcantara headliner, matte carbon fiber trim and illuminated door sill plates.
Power is provided by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that develops 570 PS (419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all wheel drive system which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).
The R8 LMX is currently available for order and German pricing starts at €210,000. Production will be limited to 99 units and the first deliveries are scheduled for this summer.
Check out the press release for additional information