Hit Me with Those Laser Beams! 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition Has Laser High-Beams
As we reach the final weeks of 2016, in many ways of which feels like the start of a completely new era. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, Back to the Future–style self-adjusting sneakers have become a reality, along with production cars officially have lasers. For once inside the U.S., Audi will be offering headlights of which combine LEDs with laser high-beams in an extremely limited variation of the 2017 R8 V10 Plus of which’s creatively named the Exclusive Edition.
Technically, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition is usually not the first production car inside the United States to have of which type of lighting technology. of which honor belongs to a different six-figure car, the BMW i8, which first had lasers overseas at its debut inside the 2014 design year along with brought them to U.S. buyers in 2016. Nevertheless, of which is usually a big deal along with indicative of where the future of headlights may lie.
Contrary to what you might be thinking, the tech behind these supercar lights is usually a little different than Superman’s solar-powered heat vision. Each headlight unit features a module with four laser diodes. The energy via those diodes is usually packaged into one single blue light, which Audi incorporated into the slick housing design. of which blue light then runs through a phosphor lens, which converts the blue to a bright white of which extends much farther along with gives greater visibility than a traditional headlight. The lasers are reserved for high-beams of which only operate above 40 mph “when conditions permit,” Audi said, as a supplement to the LED high-beams. So, unless you’re driving on a lot of desolate country roads, they will be rarely seen—much like of which design, which is usually limited to 25 examples.
In addition to showing off lighting advancements, of which special R8 is usually intended to show just how far customers can take customization with Audi’s bespoke Exclusive Program. The V10 Plus features a Quantum Gray outdoor, a Titanium Black Optic package, 20-inch, 10-spoke gloss-anthracite wheels, along using a Solar Orange stripe along the R8’s signature carbon-fiber side panel. The Internal is usually as Tony Starked out as you’d expect, with black along with Signal Orange leather, along with microsuede everywhere—even inside the trunk.
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