The current-generation Audi R8 is getting ready to enter its last year on the market as the automaker is already testing a redesigned version. However, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet.
Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus . Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive Audi Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.
A unique blue paint job, new wheels, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic components, and a leather-wrapped cockpit are only a few of the features found on the new edition. But more importantly, the new sports car is fitted with Audi’s laser light technology, previously seen on the R18 e-tron quattro race car .
Although only 99 units are set to be built, the Audi R8 LMX will become the first production road-going vehicle to carry laser headlamps, snatching the achievement from German rival BMW who will launch a similar technology in the i8 sports car later this year. A sneaky move from Audi, who is probably introducing the LMX only to poke at the Bavarian company.
Updated 06/13/2014: Audi unveiled a very cool promo video featuring driver featuring Tom Kristensen driver pushing the R8 LMX to the limits. Enjoy!
Updated 06/18/2014: Audi unveiled the R8 LMX at the 2014 Le Mans and this was the perfect opportunity to release new images and video. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R8 LMX.
The first things that catch the eye are the unique Ara Blue paint and the slightly larger rear wing
At first glance the LMX looks nearly identical to the standard R8, but once its details are taken separately, a more exclusive model starts to take shape. The first things that catch the eye are the unique Ara Blue paint, which benefits from a crystal effect finish, and the slightly larger rear wing. The wing is made out of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and sports a matte hue, just like the front spoiler lip, the engine cover, the mirror housings, and the rear diffuser. The unique 19-inch wheels are provided by the company’s Exclusive division.
Additionally, the R8 trademark front grille, as well as the front inlet grilles and rear outlet grille, have received a Titanium Gray finish while the exhaust pipes have been painted in high-gloss black.
Laser Light "Vision"
The laser spots are activated once the vehicle reaches 37 mph
Getting back to the cool laser light headlamps, the units have been developed with help from the company’s motorsport division, which implemented the technology on the R18 e-tron quattro race car. Capable of generating a cone of light with twice the range of LED lamps, the laser spots are activated once the vehicle reaches 37 miles per hour. To prevent the laser lights from interfering with oncoming road users, Audi fitted the vehicle with an intelligent camera-based sensor system.
The Nappa leather seats feature a Sepang Blue diamond pattern while the backrest covers are wrapped in the same Ara Blue hue as the outer shell
Although interior changes are limited to blue accents and contrast stitching, these subtle enhancements are more than welcome given the fact that Audi decided to sell the R8 LMX with a sober, yet boring black interior. Specifically, the Nappa leather seats feature a Sepang Blue diamond pattern while the backrest covers are wrapped in the same Ara Blue hue as the outer shell.
The contrasting theme continues with Sepang Blue stitching on the parking brake lever, the center tunnel console, and the steering wheel, while the black Alcantara headlining and the Nappa leather covering the door panels borrow the same blue diamond pattern seen on the seats.
Rounding off the cabin are Matte Carbon inserts in the center console and in the doors and illuminated aluminum inlays bearing the car’s limited edition number integrated into the CFRP door sills.
The R8 LMX is powered by a beefed-up version of the almighty 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque
The R8 LMX is powered by a beefed-up version of the almighty 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That’s 45 horsepower and 8 pound-feet of torque more than the standard V-10 model, which translates into improved acceleration times and top speed. The 0 to 62 mph sprint can now be achieved in just 3.4 seconds - 0.4 seconds faster than the regular R8 V-10 - while top speed is rated at 199 mph.
The mill comes connected to a seven-speed S Tronic transmission and a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, with stopping power provided by 15-inch, carbon-ceramic brake disks that work together with Red anodized brake calipers.
|Type||5.2 liter, V-10 engine|
|0 to 62 mph||3.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||198.8 mph|
|Transmission||Seven‑speed S tronic|
Scheduled to arrive in showrooms this summer, the Audi R8 LMX will start from €210,000 in Germany - about $289,000 at current exchange rates. The sports car will be built in only 99 units.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S may not benefit from ten cylinders, but it does pack a lot power, having 560 horsepower at its disposal. The familiar 3.8-liter flat-six engine enables the sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the R8 LMX (which benefits from extra 10 horsepower) on its way to a top speed of 197 mph.
The vehicle comes equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission, an auto start/stop system and an all-new, electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management system.
Although it kept its familiar appearance, the new 911 Turbo was fitted with a new front fascia, redesigned headlamps, larger air intakes and brand-new full-LED headlamps. The taillights and the exhaust system have also been redesigned. On sale since September 2013, the 911 Turbo S is priced from $182,050.
Slightly more powerful than the 911 Turbo S but missing about five horses when compared to the R8 LMX, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S moves around thanks to 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque squeezed out of a 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Equipped with a new Sportshift III automated manual transmission and an exhaust system derived from the one fitted in the One-77, the V12 Vantage S needs 3.7 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start, being slower the both the 911 Turbo S and the R8 LMX. However, the British sports car is the only one of the three to reach a top speed of 205 mph.
Packed with high-end standard features such as carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser and a full leather and Alcantara interior, the V12 Vantage S can be had for $184,995.
With so many exclusive features and 570 horsepower on tap, the Audi R8 LMX is not only the most powerful R8 V-10 ever built, but also an inspired last hurrah for the sports car that’s set to receive a replacement in 2016. The high price tag and the limited availability, however, are likely to make it less attractive than other similar offerings.
- More power
- Exclusive features
- Limited availability
- Very expensive
- Tough competition
Gallery Audi R8 LMX
419 kW (570 hp), from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.4 seconds: The Audi R8 LMX (12.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers [18.2 US mpg]; 299 grams CO2 per kilometer [481.2 g/mile]) offers breathtaking performance and groundbreaking technology. The limited-edition car is the first production car in the world to come equipped with laser high beams. The R8 LMX can now be ordered and will debut on the streets this summer.
Audi is the leader in developing automotive lighting technology. In 2008, the Audi R8 became the first production car in the world to boast all‑LED headlights; this was followed in 2012 by dynamic turn signals. Audi launched a new chapter in automotive lighting with the Matrix LED headlights, which debuted in the updated A8 in 2013. Now the brand with the four rings is igniting the next stage in the R8 LMX: the laser spot for the high beams. It increases the range substantially, which is ideal for a supercar like the R8 LMX.
The Audi engineers work very closely with their racing colleagues on the development of lighting technologies. The combination of LED and laser high beams, for example, will be used for the first time on the new Audi R18 e‑tron quattro at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14 and 15. The premium brand is thus continuing its tradition of using racing to test new technologies destined for production.
“Audi has long dominated the most important 24-hour race. In addition to the outstanding TDI drive technology, a maximum light yield gives our pilots a major advantage, and with night racing in particular is a key factor to our success,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “The transfer of the laser headlight to the Audi R8 LMX underscores our leading position in lighting technology. The safety benefit this provides to the customer truly represents Vorsprung durch Technik,” says AUDI AG’s Board Member for Development.
With the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all‑LED headlight. Each module comprises four high‑power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometers, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter transforms this into roadworthy white light with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help prevent fatigue. The laser spot, which is active at speeds of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and above, supplements the LED high beam in the R8 LMX and greatly enhances visibility and safety. An intelligent camera‑based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.
The Audi R8 (14,9 – 12,4 l/100 km [15.8 – 19.0 US mpg]; 349 – 289 g CO2 per km [561.7 – 465.1 g/mile]) is the dynamic, top‑of‑the‑line Audi model. Its high-revving, mid‑mounted engine, double wishbone suspension and ASF (Audi Space Frame) aluminum body are closely based on racing. The Audi R8 LMX is available as a coupe with a production run limited to 99 vehicles. With 419 kW (570 hp) and 540 Nm (398.3 lb‑ft) of torque, its 5.2 liter, V10 engine accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.4 seconds. Top speed is 320 km/h (198.8 mph), and average consumption is 12.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (299 grams CO2 per kilometer) [18.2 US mpg/481.2 g/mile]. A compact, seven‑speed S tronic transfers the power to the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive system. 19‑inch wheels are combined with carbon‑fiber ceramic brake discs, which up front measure 380 millimeters (15.0 in) in diameter. Red anodized brake calipers shine behind the exclusive designer wheels. The R8 LMX is shod with 235/35 R 19 tires up front and 305/30 R 19 tires at the rear.
The new top model also sends out a clear visual signal with its Audi exclusive customized paint finish in Ara Blue, crystal effect. A large, fixed rear spoiler increases the downforce on the rear axle. Like the front spoiler lip, the flics on the sides, the engine compartment cover, the exterior mirror housings, the sideblades, the rear wing and the diffuser, it is made of carbon fiber‑reinforced polymer (CFRP) with a matte finish. The Singleframe grille, the air inlet grilles up front and the outlet grille at the rear are finished in titanium gray. The sport exhaust system has high-gloss black tailpipes.
The dynamic lines carry over into the black interior, which also features blue accents. The folding bucket seats are covered in Fine Nappa leather with Sepang Blue diamond pattern. The backrest covers are finished in Ara Blue. Sepang Blue stitching provides subtle contrasts, including on the parking brake lever, the center tunnel console, the steering wheel and the instrument cowl. The black Alcantara headlining and black Fine Nappa leather door trim panels take up the Sepang Blue diamond pattern of the bucket seats.
Subtle details round out the interior. Matte carbon is used on the covers of the center tunnel console and the parking brake lever, on the inlays in the doors and the arc around the cockpit. Illuminated aluminum inlays bearing the limited-edition number are integrated into the CFRP door sill trims. Fine Nappa leather adorns the selector lever for the S tronic and the knee pads; the floor mats have black piping and Sepang Blue stitching.
The Audi R8 LMX will take to the streets this summer. The base price in Germany is €210,000.