2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition arrives in the US with laser lights

Article by Christian A., on November 10, 2016

Audi of America disclosed that at the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.S. production laser light will be making its first appearance on the 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition. While the exclusive edition already comes with headlights making full use of LED, each headlight will now be supported with a laser high beam module.

This laser light is just the latest innovation to come out from the same brand that started the practice of utilizing LED technology for the daytime running lights. The use of LED technology was first presented in 2004 with the Audi A8 L W12 and later in 2008 with the R8 having headlights made entirely of LED.

For the 2017 R8 exclusive edition, each laser module placed in each of the headlight will operate a total of four high-intensity laser diodes. What each module does is to bundle the diodes and allow a 450-nanometer wavelength blue laser beam to be produced. This blue laser beam then passes to a phosphor converter that turns it into a pure white and bright light. One identifying quality of the laser headlights is that the headlight housing will have a blue light signature.

Depending on the conditions, the laser beam pattern itself is triggered when running speed is at least 40 mph. Since the laser beam supports the LED high beam, this projects a wide and low beam on the road allowing visibility to be enhanced. Audi revealed that the R8 exclusive edition will also be the first model from the brand to have laser light paired with the dynamic turn signals in the front.

The 2017 R8’s exclusive edition comes in Quantum Gray which shows the full and wide range of what is being offered to customers under the exclusive program of the brand.

In addition to the Quantum Gray paint, each edition will have the titanium black-optic exterior package which has the front grille in gloss anthracite while the Y-design 10-spoke 20-inch wheels is finished in high-gloss anthracite.

The carbon sideblade though will have vertical stripes in Solar Orange which matches the racing shell seats and its vertical leather elements in orange. The leather interior package is in Signal Orange and Black and will have the steering wheel wrapped in leather with a 12 o’clock marker in Signal Orange. It will also have the exclusive door sill trim wrapped in leather.

In addition to the exclusive features, the Quantum Gray exclusive edition will have the carbon ceramic brakes as standard as well as the rear diffuser made of carbon fiber. Standard as well are the fixed wing spoiler in the back, housings of the exterior mirror, lip spoiler in the front, and the fixed backrest of its racing shell seats.

Audi said that a total of 25 units will be made and will have a MSRP of $229,200. This does not include the $1,250 destination charge, title, options, taxes, and dealer charges.

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Audi debuts first US laser light on the 2017 R8 V10 plus exclusive

At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi of America will debut its first US production laser light on the 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition. The R8 exclusive edition utilizes full LED headlights, which are now supplemented by a laser high beam module in each headlight.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high intensity laser diodes. Each module bundles these diodes into a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter then transforms the blue laser beam into a very bright and pure white light. The R8 exclusive edition is also the first Audi vehicle to couple the laser light with dynamic front turn signals.

An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature in the headlight housing. The laser beam pattern, which is active at speeds of 40 mph and above (when conditions permit), supplements the LED high beam and greatly enhances visibility for the driver by projecting a low and wide beam of light on the road ahead.

Audi laser light is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting innovations from the four rings. Audi pioneered LED technology with daytime running lights on the Audi A8 L W12 in 2004 and all-LED headlights on the R8 in 2008. Lighting innovations such as dynamic turn signals, Matrix LED headlights (not available in the US) and now laser high beams are prime examples of how Audi continues to set an industry standard for automotive lighting technology.

2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition in Quantum Gray represents the full and extensive spectrum of what is available to customers through the Audi exclusive program.

Quantum Gray paintwork aside, each exclusive edition gains a titanium black-optic exterior package which includes a gloss anthracite front grille and 20-inch 10-spoke-Y-design wheels in high-gloss anthracite finish. The R8’s carbon sideblade gets a Solar Orange painted vertical stripe, complementing the racing shell seats, which also boast vertical orange leather elements. The full leather interior package in Black and Signal orange includes an Audi exclusive door sill trim in leather and a leather wrapped steering wheel with a Signal Orange 12 o’clock marker.

Other features include:
• Full-LED headlights with laser high beam technology
• Quantum Gray exterior color
• Titanium Black-optic exterior package
• 20-inch 10-spoke-Y-design wheels in high-gloss anthracite
• Carbon sideblade with Solar Orange stripe
• Steering wheel with Signal Orange 12 o’clock marker
• Audi exclusive Full Leather package in Black/Signal Orange
• Audi exclusive customized illuminated door sills “one of 25”, Carbon matte
• Audi exclusive door sill trim in Leather
• Audi exclusive Alcantara® headliner w/ diamond-stitching
• Audi exclusive rear panel and rear shelf in Alcantara®
• Audi exclusive floor mats
• Audi exclusive luggage compartment trim in Alcantara®
• Audi Beam – R8 logo

Each R8 exclusive edition in Quantum Gray is standard equipped with fixed backrest racing shell seats, Audi carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings, and fixed rear wing spoiler.

A total of 25 Exclusive Edition units will be produced with a starting MSRP of $229,200.

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