When we got our first look at the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept , our nerdy senses started to tingle, as we imagined all the possibilities of these tiny, yet powerful lights making their way into production cars. Well, Audi boss Rupert Stadler confirmed that these lights will indeed make their way into production, like with the 2015 BMW i8 , but not any time in the near future in the U.S. at least.
Unfortunately, we have this little agency called the NHTSA that has to approve all new automotive technology before an automaker can fit it on vehicles, and it has yet to even consider this technology for U.S.-bound vehicles. In fact, the NHTSA still has to make a final ruling on Audi’s LED Matrix Display headlights, which we saw on the upcoming 2015 Audi A8 , so we suggest not holding your breath on the Audi’s Laserlight setup just yet.
What’s more, this also brings into focus the fact that though the i8 will have these lights as an option, they will likely not be made available in the U.S. in time for its release later this year. Talk about a total buzz kill...
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The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept is little more than the regular Sport Quattro Concept with a new set of specs. These Laserlights are nothing to sneeze at, as they are just a few microns in diameter and cast a beam that stretches nearly one-third of a mile ahead. Needless to say, they will make your nighttime drives a breeze.
Like the Sport Quattro Concept it is based on, the Sport Quattro LAserlight Concept features a hybrid drivetrain that includes a 4.0-liter V-8 and a disc-shapped electric motor to pump out 552 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This will get the high-tech concept to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph.