This time, the limited-edition laser R8 will be available in the US.
Audi has twice revealed special edition R8s with laser headlights, but where the limited-run R8 LMX and R8 Selection 24h special editions were only for Europe, the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition revealed this week at the LA Auto Show will be offered in the US. Limited to 25 units, the special edition R8 can be immediately identified by its Quantum Gray body color with Solar Orange stripes. Look closely, however, and you’ll see the laser lights’ blue light signature within the headlight housing.
These feature in the high beams of the headlights, with the low beams and DRLs using LEDs. Four high intensity laser diodes in each headlight shoot a beam of blue laser light into a phosphor converter, which converts the blue light into a bright white shine, which can light up the road 600 meters ahead, twice that of a LED beam. Inside, passengers will sit in carbon-fiber seats, an ‘R8’ logo light beam greeting them upon opening the doors that come complete with “one of 25” etched onto the door sills. Other interior upgrades include a quilted Alcantara headliner and Alcantara-lined trunk.
Carbon-fiber adorns the exterior too, including the fixed rear wing, while 20-inch wheels sport an anthracite finish and house carbon-ceramic brakes. Power comes from the familiar 5.2-liter V10 rated at 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch box. Available to order now, the R8 Exclusive Edition is priced from $229,200 excluding destination charge.