Following on from BMWs recent introduction of optional laser headlights for the BMW i8 sports car, Audi has taken the wraps off its very own concept car fitted with similar laser light technology. Dubbed the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, the car is basically identical to the Sport Quattro revealed at Frankfurt 2013 albeit with new headlights and red paint.
Set to make its world debut at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 6-10th in Las Vegas, the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept takes inspiration from the original car from 1983. The new shade of red is called in Plasma red and gives the Sport Quattro an even more unique flair than the yellow of the original concept from last year.
As for the new headlights, they combine both the automaker’s matrix LED system as well as laser lights. The low beam lights utilise the matrix LEDs while the high-beams add the laser light into the mix. The powerful laser diodes are only a few microns in diameter and can illuminate the road for nearly 500 metres.
When discussing the new concept, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said, “The new show car demonstrates technical ‘Vorsprung’ on many levels. On-board this car we have e-tron technology with 515 kW of power and 2.5 l/100 km (94.09 US mpg) fuel economy; laser headlights that leave all previous systems in the dark with its higher performance as well as new display and operating systems with cutting-edge electronic performance. We are showing the future of Audi here.”
Other than these new features, the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept remains identical to the original concept. That means it utilises the same electric motor set up mated to a four-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 700 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.