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From week 15/2008-EU market:

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LED headlights(full!) *intro week 22/2008 €3590 in Germany(with Mwst.)
 

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Re:LED Lights

Audi has been at the forefront of LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology since 2003 when they showed a slat-shaped LED fog light on the 2003 Pikes Peak Concept at Detroit and an all LED headlight on the Audi Nuvolari quattro at the Geneva Motor Show in that same year. In 2003 Audi also helped set up a working party to speed up EU approval for advanced and powerful lighting technology. Now, the EU has granted a special permit to Audi to start offering the all LED headlight on the R8 sports car.

Audi is quick to point out they are the first car manufacturer to develop this “revolutionary technology of the future”, however, they cannot take all of the credit. Also involved in the research and development were LED manufacturers Philips Lumileds Lighting of California and Automotive Lighting from Reutlingen Germany.

The all LED headlight is fully functional for daytime running lights (which is already available on the R8, A5/S5, S6 and since 2004 on the A8 W12 quattro), turn signals, dipped low beam and high beam lights. Each headlight unit uses 54 LED light sources and is especially remarkable for its low energy consumption (50 watts for the low beam headlights, 6 watts for the daytime running lights). The LEDs are arranged in clusters or “arrays” which function together as a single light source. In reference to the page photo above, the LED lamp assembly is separated into four areas:

LED low-beam headlight module: basic light distribution by an array of four LEDs for each of the upper and lower reflector shells, range and light/dark boundary via the plastic lens from three arrays of two LEDs.

LED high-beam headlight reflectors: one array of four LEDs per reflector shell.

LED turn signal: eight yellow high-performance LEDs.

LED daytime running light strips: 24 white Advanced Power TopLEDs with optical fibers for homogeneous illumination.

In addition to these four sections, there are also two cooling fans, one for each low and high beam. According to Audi, since the amount of heat generated by the LEDs is low, the fans serve to circulate heat forward to the plastic lens in order to melt ice or snow instead of acting as a cooling device for the high and low beams.

LEDs are a type of semiconductors (1 square millimeter) which are silicon based and convert electricity to light by electronic means. The light that is given off is known as electroluminescence which is 10 times faster than a conventional filament bulb which gives off incandescent light. Compared to the conventional halogen and xenon bulb, reflector/housing and lens assemblies, LED lighting technology has major advantages. Due to their smaller size, increased durability, increased lifespan and low energy consumption, LED lighting systems will undoubtedly take over as the primary lighting source in future vehicles.

However, despite revolutionary technology aspects, there are also major design implications. As a result, car designers now have increased flexibility to explore alternative headlamp shapes and configurations which beg the question: is the conventional headlamp a thing of the past? Andreu Sola Gomfaus, Head of Lighting Design at Audi, suggests, no. “Because the LED light no longer comes from a single light source, the LED arrays are very flat and compact and occupy much less space than conventional headlights, it will in future be possible to transform the face of a car much more easily. Several LEDs can moreover be combined in all manner of shapes, for a striking look.” However, Gomfaus goes on to explain that the headlamp shape is not going to disappear. Cars are still consumer products which are the slaves of human emotions and virtues. In addition to many other components, designers depend on headlamp design to give vehicles soul and identity. The challenge now is to find a balance between function and aesthetics which is nonetheless an exciting aspect of future car design.
 

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Kreso,

did you get any word if this would be available as an US option also? I was about to spec out a car, but would love this option.

Thanks.
 

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Sorry to say but AFAIK NO. Try to call Audi USA and find out is it possible to order it or not.

Audi waited for change in EU regulations to introduce this option to the market(only Europe right know for LED Lights).

BTW, there is another option coming in Q3 2008-Carbon Sigma exterior package(includes front lip and rear difuser in Carbon Sigma). Price-expensive...
 

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Sorry to say but AFAIK NO. Try to call Audi USA and find out is it possible to order it or not.

Audi waited for change in EU regulations to introduce this option to the market(only Europe right know for LED Lights).

BTW, there is another option coming in Q3 2008-Carbon Sigma exterior package(includes front lip and rear difuser in Carbon Sigma). Price-expensive...
Argh...not helpful. She had no clue.
 

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Respectfully, these options are irrelevant for the US as we couldn't even get the basic carbon blade, engine package, and interior package.
 

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Re: LED Lights

Audi has been at the forefront of LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology since 2003 when they showed a slat-shaped LED fog light on the 2003 Pikes Peak Concept at Detroit and an all LED headlight on the Audi Nuvolari quattro at the Geneva Motor Show in that same year. In 2003 Audi also helped set up a working party to speed up EU approval for advanced and powerful lighting technology. Now, the EU has granted a special permit to Audi to start offering the all LED headlight on the R8 sports car.

Audi is quick to point out they are the first car manufacturer to develop this “revolutionary technology of the future”, however, they cannot take all of the credit. Also involved in the research and development were LED manufacturers Philips Lumileds Lighting of California and Automotive Lighting from Reutlingen Germany.

The all LED headlight is fully functional for daytime running lights (which is already available on the R8, A5/S5, S6 and since 2004 on the A8 W12 quattro), turn signals, dipped low beam and high beam lights. Each headlight unit uses 54 LED light sources and is especially remarkable for its low energy consumption (50 watts for the low beam headlights, 6 watts for the daytime running lights). The LEDs are arranged in clusters or “arrays” which function together as a single light source. In reference to the page photo above, the LED lamp assembly is separated into four areas:

LED low-beam headlight module: basic light distribution by an array of four LEDs for each of the upper and lower reflector shells, range and light/dark boundary via the plastic lens from three arrays of two LEDs.

LED high-beam headlight reflectors: one array of four LEDs per reflector shell.

LED turn signal: eight yellow high-performance LEDs.

LED daytime running light strips: 24 white Advanced Power TopLEDs with optical fibers for homogeneous illumination.

In addition to these four sections, there are also two cooling fans, one for each low and high beam. According to Audi, since the amount of heat generated by the LEDs is low, the fans serve to circulate heat forward to the plastic lens in order to melt ice or snow instead of acting as a cooling device for the high and low beams.

LEDs are a type of semiconductors (1 square millimeter) which are silicon based and convert electricity to light by electronic means. The light that is given off is known as electroluminescence which is 10 times faster than a conventional filament bulb which gives off incandescent light. Compared to the conventional halogen and xenon bulb, reflector/housing and lens assemblies, LED lighting technology has major advantages. Due to their smaller size, increased durability, increased lifespan and low energy consumption, LED lighting systems will undoubtedly take over as the primary lighting source in future vehicles.

However, despite revolutionary technology aspects, there are also major design implications. As a result, car designers now have increased flexibility to explore alternative headlamp shapes and configurations which beg the question: is the conventional headlamp a thing of the past? Andreu Sola Gomfaus, Head of Lighting Design at Audi, suggests, no. “Because the LED light no longer comes from a single light source, the LED arrays are very flat and compact and occupy much less space than conventional headlights, it will in future be possible to transform the face of a car much more easily. Several LEDs can moreover be combined in all manner of shapes, for a striking look.” However, Gomfaus goes on to explain that the headlamp shape is not going to disappear. Cars are still consumer products which are the slaves of human emotions and virtues. In addition to many other components, designers depend on headlamp design to give vehicles soul and identity. The challenge now is to find a balance between function and aesthetics which is nonetheless an exciting aspect of future car design.
Hey Nile - you got this LED stuff down man ;)
 

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AFAIK, LED headlamps were in planning for the V10, but I will check to see if the option is coming stateside and on what models, if its not an option on the current ones.
 

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AFAIK, LED headlamps were in planning for the V10, but I will check to see if the option is coming stateside and on what models, if its not an option on the current ones.
Once u check that, maybe u can also check any new info on the release date for the V10?

I know I am obsessed with that, but .. I don't wanna get a V8 now, when the V10 is for sure; and my friend's R8 is killing me softly :D
 

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well i guess we'll have to wait and see..never seen LED headlights..but have seen flashlights =D

we've all seen the LED eye lashes and they look really cool..
i'd be happy if the R8 soon comes with the full LED strip of eye lashes just like the V12 TDI version or the audi a5/s5
 

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Ordering codes...

19" in Titanium PQK
Middle console and Navi surroundings in leather YQO
Interior trim in leather YQP
Roofliner and A-pillar in leather YSM
LED headlights(full!) *intro week 22/2008 €3590 in Germany ordering code soon! (with Mwst.)
 

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Ordering codes...

19" in Titanium PQK
Middle console and Navi surroundings in leather YQO
Interior trim in leather YQP
Roofliner and A-pillar in leather YSM
LED headlights(full!) *intro week 22/2008 €3590 in Germany ordering code soon! (with Mwst.)

kreso's got it goin down ;-)
 

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Thank you. Is there a really easy way to tell ceramic from steel? (Or maybe I'm just blind?)
it's very easy to tell definitely in person,
the carbon ceramics are darker almost matt in color and seem to have a texture look, while the steel rotors are shiney and is silver in color =) hope that helps
 
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