A new limited edition LMX version of the Audi R8 will not only be the most powerful road-going iteration of the super sports car ever made, but will also be notable as the first production car to adopt laser high beam lighting as standard.
The new 570PS, 198mph R8 LMX will make its UK public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26th and will become available to order at the same time priced from £160,025 OTR. UK deliveries will begin in the autumn.
The Audi R8 LMX is based on the acclaimed V10 plus model with its high-revving, mid-mounted ten-cylinder engine, double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminium body.
It will be available exclusively as a coupe with a production run limited to 99 vehicles, and with 540 Nm of torque to complement its 570PS output will be capable of rocketing to 62mph from rest in just 3.4 seconds before topping out at 198mph.
Back in 2008, the Audi R8 became the first production car in the world to feature all‑LED headlights; this was followed in 2012 by dynamic indicators with a unique sweeping action.
Audi launched a new chapter in automotive lighting with the Matrix LED headlights, which debuted in the updated A8 in 2013.
Now the brand is progressing to the next stage in the R8 LMX: the laser spot for the high beams. It increases the illumination range substantially, which is ideal for a supercar like the R8 LMX.
The light emitted by laser beams before they pass through a phosphor converter is blue, and this has inspired an Audi exclusive Ara Blue, crystal effect customised paint finish for the new car.
• 5.2-litre V10 engine developing 570PS and 540Nm • 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds
• Top speed 198mph,
• Combined MPG 21.9, CO2 299g/km
• Priced from £160,025 OTR
• Pioneering laser high beam lighting offers twice the illumination range of all-LED headlights