Audi’s high-tech laser headlights are coming to the United States. Moreover, they won’t be just an available option, but rather, these are a standard lighting unit on the 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus, the premium carmaker’s ultimate flagship for its sports car range. This means the US-bound 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus won’t be just the fastest and most powerful production model that Audi has, but it will also be the most advanced in terms of lighting technology.
Audi’s laser light technology was first seen on its R8 exclusive edition models, of which only 25 exclusive examples were made. These laser lights – complemented by dynamic front turn signals – features a characteristic blue light signature in the headlight housing. This means that if an R8 has a blue light emanating from the headlights, it is equipped with laser lights.
Of course, light emitting diode (LED) units are still the technology behind the low and high beams for the R8 V10 plus. However, Audi wanted to boost the visibility for the driver when moving at higher speeds. Thus, when the Audi R8 V10 plus reaches speed of 40 mph and above – as situations permit, the laser lights are activated and then projects low and wide beam of light on the road on front, thereby supplementing the high beam projected by the LED units. Interestingly, the R8 was also the first Audi model to feature all-LED headlights (2008). The new laser lights as well as full LED headlights are also available as an option for the Audi R8 V10.
Aside from the laser lights, the 2018 Audi R8 is also offered with an array of standard and optional features. For instance, all models of the new 2018 Audi R8 are provided as standard with Audi smartphone interface for compatible devices. All models now feature Audi sport badge on front grille, replacing the quattro badge. All V10 models now feature, as standard, Anthracite high-gloss inlays, 19-inch 5-double-spoke design forged wheels with silver finish, as well as Mythos black side blades (as part of Black optic package). The new R8 V10 plus is provided with Carbon sigma high-gloss inlays as standard.
Optional packages on the new 2018 Audi R8 include the new Black optic package, which includes 20-inch, 10-spoke Y design forged wheels in a high gloss Anthracite, gloss black exhaust tips, and a Black optic exterior trim.
For the 2018 model, the new Audi R8 has prices of $164,900 for the V10 Coupe, $177,100 for the V10 Spyder, and $194,400 for the V10 plus Coupe. The prices exclude destination charge of $1,250 as well as taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.