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The New Audi R8 LMX

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Audi has just announced in a press release issued today the Audi R8 LMX: the world’s first production car with laser high beams.

For the first time ever, the new R8 LMX will have one laser module per headlight, which generates a cone of light with twice the range of a normal LED headlight. Each of these laser modules is comprised of four high-power diodes.

An interesting feature is the laser spot, which is active at a speed of 37.3 mph. This aids the LED high beams through an intelligent, camera-based sensor system, which detects when others are also on the road and actively adjusts the lights in order to not disturb them.

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The new Audi R8 LMX will have 570 hp and 398.3 lb-ft of torque under its bonnet, thanks to its 5.2-liter V10 engine. And it won’t take long for the active laser spot system to kick in at 37.3 mph, because the R8 LMX can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 198.8 mph.

(See also: Future Audi R8 Could Get Turbochargers)

Mated to the engine is a seven-speed S tronic transmission that provides power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. This system will rely on a set of 19-inch wheels and carbon fiber ceramic brake disks to control all of the power being laid down.

Ara Blue, the exclusive customized paint finish that features a crystal effect, and a large, fixed rear spoiler draw attention to the R8 LMX’s exterior.

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The interior utilizes a black theme that is contrasted against blue accents. The folding bucket seats are covered in fine Nappa leather with a Sepang Blue diamond pattern. Matte carbon fiber covers the center tunnel console, parking brake lever, door inlays and the arc around the cockpit, which works perfectly with a black Alcantara headliner.

The Audi R8 LMX will be available this summer with a starting price of €210,000 in Germany, which is roughly $290,000 USD. 

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(Source: Audi)

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