Yes, lasers, they’re finally coming to Audi R8 headlights in the US. Audi has actually been working on laser headlights for many years now and they were even in production on the European market-only Audi R8 LMX. The LMX was a special edition variant of the first-gen Audi R8 V10 Plus, which came with extra power and laser headlights. It was only on sale in very limited numbers, was very expensive and only sold in Europe. So, while it was very, very limited, Audi has technically already sold laser headlights. But this is a first for the brand in the US.
There will be 25 special edition Audi R8 models sold in the US with laser headlights. “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.” per Audi.
Audi has also released a video to show the progress of headlight technology throughout the previous century and it’s pretty cool to see. From having to light a wick with a match to having literal lasers is a pretty remarkable rate of progress. The video is pretty cool and worth a watch.
Although, the laser headlights are only used as high beams, as the standard low beams are full LED headlights, which still isn’t too shabby. However, after the R8 speeds up past 40 mph, the laser lights supplement the LEDs for both low and high beams.
The special edition Audi R8 with laser headlights will also come with a special edition Quantum Gray paint color, as well as some other special features. A gloss front grille, titanium black optic exterior package and 20″ wheels with a high-gloss finish. But do laser headlights and some fancy exterior touches make the Audi R8 worth $229,000? We’re not sure, but you can rest assured that all 25 special edition models will be sold out quickly.