Limited to just 25 units in the U.S, you need to be quick to be an early adopter to the high-tech supercar.
If you want to be among the first people in the United States to have a vehicle with laser headlights, then you need to be one of the 25 people who order the $230,450 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition. The high-tech supercar is now debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
In Europe, vehicles like the R8 LMX special edition and BMW i8 have been offering laser headlights for a few years. However, the units were actually too bright for U.S roads. The Department of Transportation hasn’t allowed the tech into the country – until now. Owners will need to take friends for a drive to show off the special lights because they will only activate at speeds above 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour).
Buyers of the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition not only get the first laser high beams in the U.S, but they also have the company’s first use of dynamic turn signals. The tech probably doesn’t provide much of a functional benefit but means more bragging rights for the new owners.
The German automaker loads these models with a bounty of amenities from its Audi Exclusive list of accessories. Inside, customers will find two-tone black and orange leather and look up to find an Alcantara headliner. Upon opening the door, buyers fwill discover illuminated door sills with a carbon matte finish.
This special edition exclusively comes in Quantum Gray for the exterior with an orange stripe and exposed carbon fiber sideblades. They all ride on high-gloss 20-inch wheels in an anthracite finish, and carbon-ceramic brakes sit behind them. As a final flourish, carbon-fiber trim decorates the front lip, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and wing.
While the laser lights are unique to this edition for now, we suspect that Audi would eventually offer them at least as an option on the standard production R8. Until then, the buyers of these 25 cars in the U.S. can among the brightest drivers on the block.
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Gallery: Audi R8 Exclusive Edition: LA 2016
Audi debuts first US production laser light on the 2017 R8 V10 plus exclusive edition
- Each 2017 R8 exclusive edition comes standard equipped with full LED headlights, which are now supplemented by a laser high beam module
- The R8 exclusive edition represents the full spectrum of what is available to customers through the Audi exclusive program; only 25 examples will be produced
- Audi laser light is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting innovations from Audi
HERNDON, Virginia, November 2, 2016 – At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi of America will debut its first US production laser light on the 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition. The R8 exclusive edition utilizes full LED headlights, which are now supplemented by a laser high beam module in each headlight.
Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high intensity laser diodes. Each module bundles these diodes into a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter then transforms the blue laser beam into a very bright and pure white light. The R8 exclusive edition is also the first Audi vehicle to couple the laser light with dynamic front turn signals.
An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature in the headlight housing. The laser beam pattern, which is active at speeds of 40 mph and above (when conditions permit), supplements the LED high beam and greatly enhances visibility for the driver by projecting a low and wide beam of light on the road ahead.
Audi laser light is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting innovations from the four rings. Audi pioneered LED technology with daytime running lights on the Audi A8 L W12 in 2004 and all-LED headlights on the R8 in 2008. Lighting innovations such as dynamic turn signals, Matrix LED headlights (not available in the US) and now laser high beams are prime examples of how Audi continues to set an industry standard for automotive lighting technology.
Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition in Quantum Gray represents the full and extensive spectrum of what is available to customers through the Audi exclusive program.
Quantum Gray paintwork aside, each exclusive edition gains a titanium black-optic exterior package which includes a gloss anthracite front grille and 20-inch 10-spokeY-design wheels in high-gloss anthracite finish. The R8’s carbon sideblade gets a Solar Orange painted vertical stripe, complementing the racing shell seats, which also boast vertical orange leather elements. The full leather interior package in Black and Signal orange includes an Audi exclusive door sill trim in leather and a leather wrapped steering wheel with a Signal Orange 12 o’clock marker.
Other features include:
Full-LED headlights with laser high beam technology
Quantum Gray exterior color
Titanium Black-optic exterior package
20-inch 10-spoke-Y-design wheels in high-gloss anthracite
Carbon sideblade with Solar Orange stripe
Steering wheel with Signal Orange 12 o’clock marker
Audi exclusive Full Leather package in Black/Signal Orange
Audi exclusive customized illuminated door sills “one of 25”, Carbon matte
Audi exclusive door sill trim in Leather
Audi exclusive Alcantara® headliner w/ diamond-stitching
Audi exclusive rear panel and rear shelf in Alcantara
Audi exclusive floor mats
Audi exclusive luggage compartment trim in Alcantara
Audi Beam – R8 logo
Each R8 exclusive edition in Quantum Gray is standard equipped with fixed backrest racing shell seats, Audi carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings, and fixed rear wing spoiler.
A total of 25 Exclusive Edition units will be produced with a starting MSRP of $229,200.
Above price excludes destination charge ($1,250), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.