Audi has just revealed a new limited-edition model of its flagship supercar that features more muscle and superior illumination. Only 99 copies of the Audi R8 LMX will be built, and sadly none will be heading to America. But for well-heeled European buyers fortunate enough to have roughly $289,000 in their automotive budget, this super GT promises to be one very impressive drive when deliveries start this summer.
Motivation for the R8 LMX is provided by a mid-mounted 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 tuned to make 562 horsepower - 12 more than the R8 V10 Plus - and heads to all four corners via a 7-speed S tronic automatic and Quattro AWD system. But the more serious bragging rights on this road rager come from its first use of ultra-bright laser high-beam headlamps in a production model. The 2014 BMW i8, which features its own take on laser lights, is slated to arrive soon after the LMX hits the streets.
Working in concert with LED low beams, the laser high beams in this ultra Audi can throw a focused cone of light literally twice the distance of an LED lamp and will be used on the automaker's latest R18 e-tron Prototypes set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month. In commenting on this latest innovation, Audi AG's Board Member for Development noted: "The transfer of the laser headlight to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology. The safety benefit this provides to the customer truly represents Vorsprung durch Technik (Progress through Technology)."
Trick tech notwithstanding, the R8 LMX also will look the part of a proper high-performance car. All 99 units will be finished in a custom Ara Blue Crystal and feature carbon-finish accent elements including the front splitter/flics, sideblades and mirror caps as well as a fixed rear wing and more aggressive rear diffuser. The black and blue motif carries over to the cabin, which is rendered in fine Nappa leather and Alcantara with matte carbon trim bits. As a final touch, the CFRP door sill plates feature an illuminated aluminum inlay that contains the car's individual series number.
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