Dr. Evil wanted to add them to killer sharks, but Audi is officially the first automaker to bolt lasers onto a production car.
The Audi R8 LMX supercar uses headlights that emit laser beams which pass through a phosphor converter. The result is a blue-tinged hue, and a pair of headlights which, according to Audi, are twice as powerful as the best LED units.
As you can imagine, this bluish high-tech lighting is partly behind the “Ara Blue” paintjob that is one of three colors offered on the R8 LMX – black and gray are also available.
Mounted behind the 2-passenger cabin is a 562-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10, coupled to a 7-speed S tronic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Punch the gas pedal, and the 19-inch alloys dig into the asphalt before propelling you from zero to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. Top speed is just shy of 200 mph, according to Audi.
A set of carbon-ceramic brakes and a larger carbon-fiber rear spoiler are also fitted to this limited edition model, of which only 99 will be built.
Sorry, none are coming to the U.S.
Those fancy laser lights put on quite a show, but they’re not legal here. Expect that to change sometime soon, especially since other automakers (most notably BMW with the upcoming i8 hybrid-powered sports car) are moving forward with laser lighting tech.