After the leaked image of the new Audi R8 surfaced online a week and a half ago, Audi have officially released their 1st teaser image of the new mid-engined supercar. Teased as peaking out from beneath its silky cover, the new R8 displays new laser headlights for the halo model.
Audi has released details on the laser headlamp system. Available as an option, the laser high-beams will be the second Audi model to utilise this technology as a production model – following the R8 LMX special edition released last year. Each headlamp module will feature one laser module, comprises 4 high intensity laser diodes which feature a blue-light beam, that refract through a phosphor converter which transforms the blue beam into a pure white light. This technology is said to double the distance of the high beams, with a more direct and composed beam that also uses far less energy than conventional headlamp technologies – LED included.
The standard headlights equipped to the new R8 will be LED units; with 37 LEDs per headlamp cluster that will perform all functions – including indicators.
This teaser image seems to depict a very similar appearance to the photo previously leaked – although that particular car may have been a pre-production testing prototype. You can view the leaked R8 photo here.
Audi has revealed no more than the laser lights and their details, but we expect the new R8 to feature a detuned version of the Lamborghini Huracan’s 449kW 5.2-litre V10 engine, as well as a reworked and more powerful version of the 4.2-litre V8 engine found in the current model line-up.
We’ll have more details for you as they surface ahead of the R8’s reveal on the 3rd of March in Geneva.