Audi is presenting a unique technology concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. The new Audi Sport quattro Laserlight Concept vehicle combines the styling of the 1983 classic Sport quattro while focusing on the future by incorporating one of Audi’s latest plug-in hybrid drives.
The Laserlight Concept derives its name from the technology featured in the vehicle’s dual headlights. Audi has attempted to demonstrate the future of vehicle lighting technology by combining laser lights with matrix LED bulbs. The laser diodes will be used for the vehicle’s high beam feature, and will illuminate the road for more than 1,600 feet – twice the lighting range than LED high beam lights.
Audi also seeks to integrate a number of new technologies in the vehicle’s cabin. A cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia processes graphics that will be displayed on the vehicle’s Audi TFT display in full 3D. Drivers will be able to switch between displaying the navigation map and media lists or a classic view featuring the speedometer in the foreground. The vehicle’s MMI terminal can control all of the Laserlight Concept’s features. The user interface is designed to be intuitive, working similarly to a smartphone. A few gestures on the touchpad can access features, menus, or zoom in on the navigation map image.
The Audi Sport quattro Laserlight Concept features a plug-in hybrid drive which consists of a four-liter biturbo V8 and an electric motor that offers drivers an impressive 700 hp (515 kW) and 590.05 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. Drivers can enjoy a sporty, responsive driving experience and an impressive fuel economy of up to 94.09 mpg (2.5 liters per 100 km). In Sport mode, the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept can propel to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). When combined with the new technologies showcased throughout the Audi concept, it is sure to be one of the more interesting vehicles featured at this year’s CES.5