Audi has come out all guns blazing at the Moscow International Auto Show 2014 bringing a host of its latest and greatest models along with a selection of concept cars.
One of the real eye-catchers was the Audi TT Allroad Concept. This is one of the first times the car has been presented to the public following its reveal at the Beijing Motor Show 2014 earlier this year. Alongside it were other Audi models including the new Audi TTS, Audi RS7 Sportback, Audi RS5, latest Audi A8 as well as the Le Mans 2014 winning Audi R18 e-tron.
Arguably the coolest car displayed is the brand new 2015 Audi R8 LMX which was initially revealed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. When it was first launched, Audi revealed it was the first production car in the world to come equipped with laser high beam headlights. However, the BMW i8 also features laser headlights and reached production sooner.
Nevertheless, Audi has set a precedent leading the way when it comes to conquering the darkness. The R8 was the first car to boast all-LED headlights way back in 2008, which was followed up in 2013 when the R8 adopted special Matrix LED headlights. Now with the LMX and its laser high beams, which increase the line of sight dramatically, the Ingolstadt-based automaker is taking another shot at brightening up the night.
The LMX uses one laser module per headlight, which Audi says can generate a cone of light reaching twice as far as a standard all-LED headlight. The technology, like so much of today’s road car advancements, is pulled from racing applications. The same combination of LED and laser high beams will be used on the new Audi R18 e tron quattro at the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.
Apart from the headlights, the LMX offers all of the good bits from the standard Audi R8. You get a 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 570 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, a seven-speed S-tronic transmission, carbon ceramic brakes with red anodized calipers and Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The LMX also receives a special carbon-fibre spoiler, front lip, rear diffuser and side strakes along with high-gloss black tailpipes.