Audi’s Laser Headlights technology isn’t something new at all. It was introduced back in early 2013 as the “matrix-beam LED lighting” at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show and banned by the NHTSA the same year.
The tech was banned for safety reasons because the NHTSA wants all cars to be able to switch from high to low beam at all times with ease – a distinction eliminated by the self-adjusting Audi lights which use cameras and sensors to control the lights beam and direction.
Now though, with budget cuts no longer an issue. The NHTSA approved the new Audi Matrix Laser Headlights and they will be available in the United States for the first time in the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive edition which is limited to only 25 units.
The super-car will have a module in each headlamp that contains four high-intensity laser diodes which use a phosphor converter that transforms the beams into a bright and pure white light – this becomes active when the R8 travels at speeds of over 40-mph.
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exculsive Edition will have the Laser Headlights, Quantum Gray Paint, Solar Orange Stripes, carbon fiber sideblade, carbon front lip spoiler, carbon diffuser and a fixed rear wing.
The interior also features a special Black/signal orange full leather package, a special steering, alcantara headliner and illuminated door sills with “One of 25” lettering.
Prices start from $229,200 with a $1,250 destination charge. You can see the car live at the 2016 LA Auto Show in the coming weeks.