January 16, 2015: Audi R8 LMX with laser headlights has been launched in India at Rs 2.97 crore (ex-showroom Mumbai/Delhi). This is the first vehicle in India to feature laser headlights.
The R8 LMX is available only as a coupe with a production run limited to only 99 vehicles.
Inside the headlight units of the new R8 LMX are new laser high beams with laser module, each comprising of high power laser diodes. Audi claims these laser headlights offers twice the illumination range of LED headlights. A camera-based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to avoid glare.
In 2008, R8 was the first production vehicle to feature LED headlights and this was recently followed by the unique Matrix LED headlights, which debuted in the latest version of the A8.
?The combination of LED and laser high beam lighting has been used for the first time on the new R18 e?tron Quattro. Audi is thus continuing its tradition of using racing to test new technologies destined for production. The limited-edition R8 LMX is the first production car in India to come equipped with laser high beam lighting, a particularly brilliant innovation integrated in a sports car,? said Joe King, head, Audi India.
The laser beam lights are activated at a speed of 60kph and above. The laser light spots offer a higher range of visibility enhancing the safety aspect. One laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlight. Each module comprises four high-power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometres, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometres. A phosphor converter transforms this into roadworthy white light with a colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin ? ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue. Fitted with an intelligent camera based sensor system, the headlamps also detect other road users and actively adjust the light pattern to avoid dazzle.
?Audi has always been at the forefront in lighting technologies and was the first luxury car manufacturer to bring LED headlights in India. Last year, we introduced matrix headlamps in our flagship model, theA8 L ? again a first by any luxury car manufacturer in the country ? direct evolution of Audi?s signature LED headlights delivering a phenomenal 966,105,422 different illumination configurations. The introduction of the laser headlight to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology,? added King.
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