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Old 08-13-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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My brother recently took delivery of a 2015 S8. Glacier White / Black leather interior. Car is obviously super nice. Few quick questions, wondering if there is a most active forum discussing these cars?

Audi GMBH was out touting heavily the new Matrix lights for 2015. Sadly, it doesn't look like these were delivered as functional in the USA. Trying to figure out if that is something that can be enabled by VAG-COM or if there is a separate module / assembly all together. The lights look the same but they don't appear to function the same. Gives me hope that this could be a simple vag-com tweak but don't see too much discussion on the forums regarding the A8/S8 series.

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My brother recently took delivery of a 2015 S8. Ibis White / Black leather interior. Car is obviously super nice. Few quick questions, wondering if there is a most active forum discussing these cars?

Audi GMBH was out touting heavily the new Matrix lights for 2015. Sadly, it doesn't look like these were delivered as functional in the USA. Trying to figure out if that is something that can be enabled by VAG-COM or if there is a separate module / assembly all together. The lights look the same but they don't appear to function the same. Gives me hope that this could be a simple vag-com tweak but don't see too much discussion on the forums regarding the A8/S8 series.

Any thoughts?

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The Matrix lights are illegal in the US. Audi and other car manufactures are lobbying NHTSA to change their outdated laws, but so far, no luck.
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The Matrix lights are illegal in the US. Audi and other car manufactures are lobbying NHTSA to change their outdated laws, but so far, no luck.
Yup. Aware of their status in the USA. I'm curious if they can be enabled via vag-com for use on private roads and tracks, of course. I know others have change the behavior of the led signal blinker to work in tandem with the turn signal on other Audi models; wondering if the same can be done on these Matrix setup lights or if there is some more complicated hardware enabling the Matrix function.

here is a pic of the car: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9c...it?usp=sharing
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Would be great if they could be retroactively enabled if/when the DOT gave Audi the green light, but I doubt that's the case. We also don't get the sequential front/rear turn signals; but that might be an easier fix to achieve---just guessing on that though.
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Few quick questions, wondering if there is a most active forum discussing these cars?
You found it - this is the most active D4 forum I've found anywhere.


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I'm curious if they can be enabled via vag-com for use on private roads and tracks, of course.
In general if a vehicle is FMVSS certified with certain equipment and operational methods, the Ross-Tech team will not discuss how to achieve such changes with VCDS.
That doesn't mean it can't be done, but there are liability reasons and you'd be specifically 'changing' the functionality.

I have yet to look through erWin or PL24, but I suspect there are different part numbers for the non-matrix versions.
If that is the case it would be a moot point...
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I'm thinking a few more 2015s will need to be delivered in the USA before there is any real investigation. My understanding was that Audi is looking to get these Matrix lights approved in USA and the hope was that it could be enabled retroactively.
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I'm thinking a few more 2015s will need to be delivered in the USA before there is any real investigation. My understanding was that Audi is looking to get these Matrix lights approved in USA and the hope was that it could be enabled retroactively.
Having a 2015 on order, I really hope your "understanding" is correct. However, I doubt that's the case. The matrix units are available in Europe as an option over the standard LEDs---they cost out at approximately $1400 (US currency equivalent). Can't really believe the way the option is priced that it's merely a software coding issue with no associated hardware/parts: different headlamp units with individual controllers for each LED; different sensors maybe; matrix units do not have a manual hi-beam control, which probably means those cars use a different turn signal stalk; perhaps also different wiring harnesses. If my speculation is correct, then it makes retrofitting an expensive proposition, if it were possible to do it at all. Perhaps that's just me being skeptical, but I'm not confident that it's as easy as you hope it is---but really hope that I'm wrong :-)
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Having a 2015 on order, I really hope your "understanding" is correct. However, I doubt that's the case. The matrix units are available in Europe as an option over the standard LEDs---they cost out at approximately $1400 (US currency equivalent). Can't really believe the way the option is priced that it's merely a software coding issue with no associated hardware/parts: different headlamp units with individual controllers for each LED; different sensors maybe; matrix units do not have a manual hi-beam control, which probably means those cars use a different turn signal stalk; perhaps also different wiring harnesses. If my speculation is correct, then it makes retrofitting an expensive proposition, if it were possible to do it at all. Perhaps that's just me being skeptical, but I'm not confident that it's as easy as you hope it is---but really hope that I'm wrong :-)

Have to think you're probably right. Didn't realize it was an increased option in EU. I didn't see it on the UK configurator. Wishful thinking. Still holding out hopes. Are you specing an A8 or S8?
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Perhaps that's just me being skeptical, but I'm not confident that it's as easy as you hope it is---but really hope that I'm wrong :-)
I agree with this and the rest of your post.
Unfortunately I don't have access to the 2015 parts info... yet...

VAG historically never spends one thin dime extra putting hardware in a vehicle that's disabled in SW.
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I agree with this and the rest of your post.
Unfortunately I don't have access to the 2015 parts info... yet...

VAG historically never spends one thin dime extra putting hardware in a vehicle that's disabled in SW.

Would love a parts list / price breakdown when you get it.
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