Audi and LEDs have always had something in common. The car manufacturer was one of the first – if not the first – to introduce daytime running lights with light-emitting diodes. In 2004, five LEDs in each headlight made their debut in the Audi A8 W12 sedan.
The look then quickly ran through the entire Audi product range. Soon all models from the cheaper A4 onwards had the sparkling detail – a glittering, checkerboard-like strip of LEDs that flanked the characteristic four rings. There had never been anything like it before and for a while an Audi could be recognized from afar by this LED pattern.
In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car to be exclusively equipped with LEDs. Its headlights, indicators and daytime running lights use this technology, which, according to Audi, reduces CO2 emissions and is more efficient than the widely used halogen lamps.
Today, in 2021, almost all vehicles on the road use LEDs in some form. Nevertheless, Audi is still finding ways to differentiate itself. I recently tested a 2021 RS 6 Avant and stumbled upon a nice little light show that happens when the vehicle is locked and unlocked. For your pleasure, I’ve included the experience below as a GIF:
When the car is unlocked, the front daytime running lights come on one after the other, almost like a greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights will be faded out one by one. It acts like a curtain that closes after a show.
I want to show you two more things. On the one hand, the door sill panels of the RS 6 Avant glow in the dark and the car projects “Audi Sport” onto the floor – so that you don’t forget what kind of vehicle you are driving.
Second, and this is even more practical: the interior lighting of the RS 6 Avant includes lighting for the seat belts. The car has five seats, so five belt buckles are wrapped in a ring of light so that you can find them more easily. Anyone who previously had to fumble for the seat belt buckle in the dark no longer has this problem with such a car.
The rest of the interior lighting was also very futuristic, reminiscent of the aesthetics of the science fiction film Tron. If you look at the interior during the day, you will see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design.
This article was translated from English and edited by Ilona Tomić. You can read the original here.