Audi’s future has laser beams for headlights to light up those dark canyon corners in the Alps and Malibu, but it is the fuel economy and the electric power that supplants the 4.0 TFSI that shakes up what a supercar coupe of the future could look like if it reaches production.
For now, the laser technology in the coupe is the same as that in a 2014 R18 e-tron quattro. In a recent report, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler teased to an upcoming, unspecified production Audi to have the lasers.
The Plasma Red concept on Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas screams tradition, versatility and safety – although we are still glaring at the laser beams that are twice as powerful as LED diodes to improve visibility and driver and passenger safety.
The 700 horsepower Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept gets 92 mpg but, in Sport mode, sprints 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
The e-tron technology delivers 515 kW of power to the 4-liter V-8 combustion engine that produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) of torque and the overall torque generated is 700 Nm or 590 lb.-ft.
The lithium-ion battery adds up to 50 km (31.07 miles) of all-electric driving to the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept.
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