2015 Geneva Preview: 2016 Audi R8 teased, shows its laser headlights

Article by Christian A., on February 16, 2015

The next-generation Audi R8 will be revealed next month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the German manufacturer started today teasing its upcoming supercar. Audi also revealed the fact that its new mid-engined sports car will feature high-tech LED headlights, which can be supplemented as an option, by a laser high beam lightning module.

Laser headlights use high-intensity laser diodes and the beams attain almost twice the lightning range when compared with LED headlights. Laser headlights will be easily recognizable thanks to their intense blue light signature. As standard, Audi will offer the LED headlight system, which use 37 LEDs per headlight.

Moreover, the next-generation Audi R8 promises to set new standards and according to the latest rumors, the new supercar will be available only with an upgraded version of the 5.2-liter V10 engine producing around 580 hp.

Still, Audi will offer at a later date a smaller turbocharged petrol engine. An e-tron version is also planned and will go on sale in about two years, powered by a V6 or a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, paired with an electric motor.

The dynamic sporty nature of the new Audi R8 is expressed through its design. Its standard LED headlights don’t just serve as signature visual elements, but also deliver enhanced levels of safety. For brighter road illumination and extended field of vision, the high beam could be specified by laser spot, as complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front. The rear end features dynamic turn signals as standard.

Meanwhile, the new Audi virtual cockpit comes with digital displays. The driver could now access the most important controls without having to take his or her hands off the steering wheel. This is because these controls are grouped together in button clusters -- known as satellites –on the steering wheel.

Once seated, the driver could feel like he or she is sitting in a race car. Featuring a floating effect, the control panel further highlights its simplicity through the air conditioning controls. The new Audi R8 is provided with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch as standard.

Audi will commence sales of the new R8 start in summer 2015 at a starting price of EUR165,000 for the R8 V10, and EUR187,400 range-topping R8 V10 plus. Audi is building the new R8 at its new "Bollinger Hofe" site in Heilbronn, a specially-built quattro GmbH production facility just for the sports car. The new R8 is built employing a sophisticated manufacturing technique to ensure that the sports car is produced according to Audi’s quality standards.

Interestingly, the second generation of the Audi R8 has become the base models for more R8 derivatives. One of these is the latest iteration of the high-performance R8 e-tron sports car. Offering 340 kW of output and 920 Nm (678.6 lb.-ft.) of torque, the R8 e-tron could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds. Its new battery cells allow the R8 e-tron to have a range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi), or more than double than the original version.

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