Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety haven't evaluated the Audi R8 for safety as of 2015, the vehicle contains many safety features. It comes standard with driver and passenger airbags, brake assist, daytime running lights and traction control. The vehicle also includes electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors. The Audi R8 is ranked number eight in luxury sports cars and number 10 in luxury convertibles in U.S. News.
Additional safety features of the Audi R8 include knee airbags, side impact airbags, and a full security system that includes an ignition disabling device. The vehicle also has seatbelt pretensioners that tighten automatically, adjusting the seating of a passenger or driver so they're in the safest position should a crash occur. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the vehicle; they sense when a tire stops rotating under heavy breaking and then adjust the pressure, allowing the tire to rotate.
Though none of the R8 models have received official crash-test or safety ratings from U.S. governmental organizations as of 2015, the vehicle's safety features and low reported crash rates make it a reliable option. However, the Audi R8 is a sports luxury vehicle and therefore not specifically manufactured for safety.