The limited edition Audi R8 LMX was showcased this past weekend at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model probably represents a last hurrah for the outgoing R8 as an all-new model is ready to be introduced either by the end of the year or early 2015. Audi wanted the R8 LMX to be the world’s first production car with laser headlights but BMW managed to beat them to the punch with their i8.
The R8 LMX’s laser headlights encompass four high-power laser diodes emitting white light at a 5,500 Kelvin color temperature. Once the car reaches 37.3 mph (60 km/h), the lights are automatically activated and promise to significantly increase “visibility and safety.” The supercar also benefits from a camera-based sensor system which will detect other traffic participants and adjust the laser light pattern as a move to avoid bothering other drivers.
The Audi R8 LMX wears an attractive Ara Blue paint and comes with a fixed rear wing as well as carbon fiber flics while the 19-inch alloys are exclusive to this model. Other highlights include a carbon fiber ceramic braking system, glossy black tailpipes while on the inside there’s Fine Nappa leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, illuminated door sill plates and a matte carbon fiber trim.
Motivation comes from the familiar V10 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine with 570 PS and 540 Nm delivered to a quattro AWD system through a 7-speed S tronic gearbox. It sprints to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 320 km/h.
Audi said only 99 cars will be built and each will carry a starting price in Germany of 210,000 euros, with deliveries programmed to begin later this summer.