Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight: concept updated with laser headlights

Audi has updated its Sport Quattro concept car from 2013’s Frankfurt Motor Show with a new coat of paint and a new set of headlights.


As is suggested by the Laserlight suffix, the updated concept car uses laser diode technology for the car’s high beams. These laser diodes are even smaller than the individual LED elements found in LED headlights and measure just microns wide. Despite that they are, Audi claims, three times as luminous and possess twice the lighting range of LEDs; the Sport Quattro Laserlight’s high beams can illuminate the road up to 500m away.

The Laserlight retains the regular Sport Quattro concept’s pretty bleeding edge matrix LED headlights, which can blank out individual sections of the headlight beam to avoid dazzling other road users.

New red hue aside, the rest of the Sport Quattro is as it was in Frankfurt last year.

Under the skin there’s a hybrid system delivering a total of 515kW of power and 800Nm of torque to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid system mates together a 412kW/700Nm 4-litre twin-turbo V8 and a 100kW/400Nm electric engine.

Performance figures remain untouched, with the 0 to 100km/h sprint completed in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h. The lithium-ion battery pack is said to be good for 50km of electric-only driving, while overall fuel economy is rated at 2.5L/100km.

Dimensions

Length: 4,602mm
Height: 1,386mm
Width: 1,964mm
Wheelbase: 2,784mm
Weight: 1,850kg

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]