The biggest advantages of the LED headlights are lower energy consumption that translates to lower load on the battery, and a colour that more closely resembles daylight and is easier on the human eye.
Audi has added new full LED headlamps to its R8 sportscar. They definitely look the business, but do require deep pockets to keep up appearances...
Where the R8 has been available since launch with a very snazzy line of LED daytime running lights at the front (and LED tail lights), the most recent upgrade features 24 LEDs per headlamp.
These light emitting diodes are now also used for the indicator signals, and low and high beam lights.
The biggest advantages offered by this system are lower energy consumption that translates to lower load on the battery, and a colour that more closely resembles daylight and is easier on the human eye.
Furthermore, LEDs are non-wearing and are said to allow greater design freedom.
The new headlamps will be available by special order from September, Audi SA has said.
Unfortunately, current R8 owners who desire there own set of full LEDs will have to order another car - "retro fitment will not be possible due to the substantially different design and fitment of the headlights".
Prospective owners would need to add an extra R75 000 to the sticker price of R 1,3 million for the base R8.