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by Daniel DeGasperi

It will (briefly) be the fastest and most expensive Audi ever sold in Australia, with only three of the 99 Audi R8 LMX models built coming to our shores priced at $440,000.

A last hurrah for the seven-year-old supercar set to be replaced by an entirely new-generation model next year, the headline act for the Audi R8 LMX – which stands for Le Mans exclusive edition – is its laser headlights, which illuminate the road twice as far as regular LED headlights and are a first for a production car in Australia.

The R8 LMX costs $31,800 more than the current R8 V10 plus flagship, for which just three buyers will experience an increase in power of the 5.2-litre V10 engine from 404kW to 419kW, although torque remains pegged at 540Nm. The R8 LMX will accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.4 seconds, one-tenth faster than the R8 V10 plus, while the top speed is pegged at 320km/h.

Audi R8 LMX laser high beam

Available exclusively in an Ara Blue ‘crystal effect’ hue, the R8 LMX also uses matte-finished carbonfibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) on the fixed spoiler that increases rear downforce, the front lip spoiler, side ‘flics’, engine compartment cover, exterior mirror caps and rear diffuser. The front grille and diffuser is finished in titanium grey, and a special sport exhaust system is finished in high-gloss black.

Nappa leather is standard, with an exclusive Sepang Blue diamond pattern and exterior-matching Ara Blue hard seatback covers.

The three examples of Audi R8 LMX are available to order now and are scheduled for a December local arrival.




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