Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept Previews Future Technology


  • Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

    Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

    The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept will debut at the 2014 International CES. | January 02, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, which will debut at the 2014 International CES, features new laser headlights.
  • The concept is the latest version of the Audi Sport Quattro that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • The laser element gives designers more flexibility with headlight design.

LAS VEGAS — The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, which will debut at the 2014 International CES, features new laser headlights.

The concept is the latest version of the Audi Sport Quattro that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. This time, the concept gets a new Plasma Red color.

The laser element gives designers more flexibility with headlight design, while giving the driver improved illumination of the road. Audi did not say when laser headlights will be available on a production vehicle or what they would add to the cost of a car.

The setup on the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept bundles matrix LED and laser-light technologies. The headlights feature low- and high-beam functions. The low-beam light uses matrix LEDS, while the inner element produces laser light for high beams.

The laser lights illuminate the road for a distance of about 1,640 feet, about twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam lights.

"Audi is demonstrating the future of lighting technology," the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to the laser lights, the concept offers a look at Audi future design. The hexagonal single-frame grille is likely to be used on future models.

The concept is equipped with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain made up of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine and Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission, along with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The system produces 700 horsepower. The concept returns 94 mpg on the U.S. cycle, according to Audi.

The cabin is driver-centric, with a multifunction steering wheel that may end up on future production cars.

The steering wheel has two buttons which the driver uses to control the hybrid system, a red start-stop button, a button for the Audi drive select vehicle handling system and a "View" button to control the Audi virtual cockpit.

The chassis features a combination of ultra high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic elements to cut vehicle weight.

Edmunds says: BMW debuted laser headlights on the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and Audi is following quickly behind.

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