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Audi Teases 2016 R8 With New Laser Headlight Technology

NEWS FUTURE CAR TECH
Jim Kem February 16, 2015 17:47

Like clockwork, the 2016 Audi R8 that was spied last week has led to an official teaser, the first officially released by Audi, of the next-generation R8 that we expect to see fully unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. In the picture, we’re able to get a glimpse of the more angular lines and aggressive wheel design, as well as the new laser headlights. Speaking of which...

Audi is talking excitedly about its new optional headlight technology for the all-new R8, which as mentioned, uses laser spots as the high-beam headlight to supplement the LEDs. These new laser high-beams attain nearly twice the lighting range compared to their purely LED counterparts through the use of high-intensity laser diodes. It was first seen on the Audi R18 e‑tron quattro race car before making its commercial debut on the limited edition 2014 Audi R8 LMX.

In use, you would be able to distinguish these headlights by their faint blue light signature. Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes, a phosphor converter then transforms the blue light into pure white light.

That's about all we can tell you for now, apart from what we've already seen in the spyshot of the car leaked weeks ago. Stay tuned for more news as we head on to the Geneva Motor Show in March.

About Jim Kem

"So if I push my leg down on this lever-thing, I'll somehow go faster? Woah.". I was 10 years old, and hooked. I spent a lot of my youth sketching cars and perfecting my monthly dream garage within a daydream - occasionally interjected with a chase scene, obviously. Cars move me. Things I can't get enough of: Porsches and torque.

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