India gets Audi R8 LMX, launch price Rs 2.97 crores
Audi R8 LMX is the luxury car manufacturer’s most powerful, and fastest road-car. The first production car with laser high beam lighting in India is available at a price of Rs 2.97 crores (ex-showroom Delhi/Mumbai). LED and laser high beam lighting was first used on the new Audi R18 e?tron quattro at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014.
Audi R8 LMX’ intelligent lightweight engineering, design and driving performance will excite enthusiasts says Joe King, Head, Audi India. The brand takes pride in its progressive lighting tech. Having first brought LED headlights in India, Matrix Headlamps followed on Audi A8 L last year. Introduction of laser headlight to Audi R8 LMX furthers strengthens Audi’s lighting tech capability.
The laser spot for high beams increase range substantially, which is ideal for a supercar. Audi R8 LMX lights are activated at a speed of 60 kmph (37 mph) and above for higher visibility range to optimise safety. A laser module in the headlight generates a cone of light with two times the range of an all LED headlight. A module comprises 4 high-power laser diodes. At a diameter of 300 micrometers, a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers is generated., and transformed into roadworthy white light with colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin.
A driver can recognise contrast easily, and the use of an intelligent camera based sensor system ensures headlamps detect other road users and actively adjust light pattern to avoid dazzle. Audi R8 LMX wears a fixed rear spoiler to increase downforce on rear axle. Side flics, engine compartment cover, exterior mirror housings, side blades, large rear wing and diffuser are in matt carbon finish. Single frame grille, front air intakes and rear outlet grille are 3/4 finished in titanium grey. Sports exhaust system includes high-gloss black tailpipes. Audi R8 LMX is available in Ara Blue, crystal effect.
The inside is replete with dynamic lines with blue accents. Bucket seats are in Nappa leather with Sepang Blue diamond pattern,and backrest in Ara Blue finish. Sepang Blue stitching is seen on the parking brake lever, centre tunnel console, steering wheel and instrument cowl.
Black Alcantara headlining and Nappa leather door trim panels are in sync with Sepang Blue diamond pattern of bucket seats. Matte carbon is seen on the centre console covers, tunnel console and parking brake lever, on door inlays, and arc
around the cockpit. Illuminated aluminum inlays with the supercar’s limited-edition number is integrated in the CFRP door sill trims. Nappa leather is used on the selector lever for S tronic and knee pads. Floor mats are colour coordinated too.
Racing genes are evident in its mid?mounted engine, double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminum body. A 5.2 litre, V10 engine returns 570 hp(419 kW) max power and 540 Nm (398.3 lb?ft) of max torque. Audi R8 LMX goes from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds to become the fastest and most powerful Audi R8 ever. Top speed is pegged at 320 km/h (198.8 mph).
A seven?speed S tronic is in use to transfer power to its quattro permanent all?wheel drive system. 19″ wheels with carbon?fibre ceramic brake discs measure 380 millimeters (15.0 in) in diameter upfront. Red anodized brake calipers are in use.