Why is the IP so dark? - 2009 Audi S5 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi S5: Why is the IP so dark?

December 10, 2009

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I had to make a run to the store last night, so I cranked up the S5 in the driveway, and noticed the instrument panel was only partially lit. Hmm. What gives?

It turns out, the LED DRLs--that's "Light Emitting Diode" "Daytime Running Lamps" if you're not up to speed on your TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms)--are so danged bright, I mistakenly thought my headlights were on. Here's what it looks like with the HID (High-Intensity Discharge) Xenons on.

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Sure, it is a big difference, but I could imagine driving a few miles at night with only the DRLs on. Have any of you done this?

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Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 13,218 miles

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